Bowling alley set to strike Snowmass in September
August 13, 2013
Construction continues on a bowling alley in Snowmass Village that was originally scheduled to open June 1.
Unexpected issues with the space, the former Bedford Ballroom in the Hive Building (also known as the Timbermill Building), contributed to the holdup, owner Mark Reece said. He didn't elaborate on what those problems were but said one in particular had to be dealt with before the project could move forward.
Now, Reece is hopeful that the boutique bowling alley, consisting of eight lanes and a food-and-entertainment area, will open in September. The lanes have been completed, and the scoring machines are being installed this week, he said. Contractors also are starting on the bar and food area.
"I can't imagine what's going to stop us from opening next month," Reece said. "But, you know, there are a few key components that aren't in yet."
Other hurdles slow down construction, too, Reece said.
"(There are) so many things like that, that are out of control," Reece said. "All you've got to do is forget one little item, and then you can't put the rest of the project together. … A lot of that's on me."
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Reece said he isn't worried about opening during offseason, although the delay has caused him to miss a lot of business days.
"I really needed that last couple months of summer," he said. "I'm not too worried about when I open. When I open, we're going to do business. It's just a matter of: How many days have I lost of cash flow?"
Reece doesn't plan on closing at any time of year after the alley opens. He plans to organize leagues during the offseasons, although probably not this fall.
Once the construction is close to completion, Reece wants to invite people in for a soft opening and to break in the equipment.
"And it actually is breaking the equipment in because it does break; we've got to find out what's going to break and what's not," Reece said. "We're going to try to get people in there and do some soft kind of stuff even if the place isn't completely done, you know, get the people in there, who helped us out, supported us in there and let them see almost the finished product if not the finished product."