Bowler finally gets his alley
For 27 years Daniel Simon has wanted to own a bowling alley, and on Monday that dream became a reality with confirmation of his purchase of Kapiti Ten Pin.
The American-born New Zealand representative bowler will run the business, which went into liquidation last month, with his wife Julieanne Mollett, also a New Zealand representative. The couple will move to Kapiti from Auckland.
Kapiti Ten Pin brings back good memories for Mr Simon, who bowled the centre's second 300 game in July this year, during his first bowl at the alley.
"I've wanted to own a bowling alley since I was five years old, and that was 27 years ago," he said.
"I love bowling. My fifth birthday present was my own bowling ball and a league membership, so I've loved it from back then."
Mr Simon said that though it would be the first bowling alley he has run, he and his wife had been in bowling alleys all over the world.
The couple will play in the Kapiti leagues.
Mr Simon has had some success in the sport in New Zealand.
"I have bowled the second-most number of 300 games in this country," he said.
"I've also set the record for most 300 games in a calendar year, which was four last year. I've bowled five 300 games in total."
The couple will officially take over the Te Tupe Rd centre from Friday next week.
The sale follows the former business owners putting the centre into voluntary liquidation, owing $885,700, with the combined book value of the company's assets listed as $577,214.
Former shareholder John Phillips told the Kapiti Observer last month the owners were gutted and opted to go into voluntary liquidation after years of fighting the economic downturn.
The centre opened in 2007 offering the only bowling alley between Porirua and Palmerston North.
It includes 14 bowling lanes, a cafe and a bar.