The owners of Vacationland Bowling in Saco, Maine have announced that they will be closing their business in the middle of October 2017. The following is their letter to their friends and customers.
Sept. 12, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that after 34 years we are closing Vacationland Bowling Center in mid October. We had anticipated staying open until March, 2018, but the purchaser has exercised their right to take ownership sooner than expected. The building and land are being purchased by Southern Maine Motors for expanded service and vehicle storage.
This has been a really hard decision for us. Because of our age, health and wanting to spend more time with our family, we have decided to retire.
As we make this decision to close, we realize how important the bowling center is to so many people. Friendships were formed here, future spouses met here, family memories were made here, and youth bowlers spent time with friends and families learning a lifetime skill in a safe environment.
“But bowling alleys are always about more than the game.” As Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam famously observed in 2000’s Bowling Alone, “bowling leagues bring together people from all walks of life.” We certainly feel this way too. Words cannot express our appreciation for the loyalty of our customers. We wish the timing of our closing was better and we apologize for any inconvenience we have caused.
We have never closed a business before, but Vacationland Bowling Center and our staff will be working with our customers during this transition to address any concerns or questions. It is our loyal customers and friends that we will miss the most. Thank you for your understanding.
Goodbye for now,
Bert and Claire Dube
Vacationland Bowling Center, U.S. Route One, 812 Portland Rd., Saco, ME 04072
(207)284-7386 ~ www.vacationlandbowling.com