Owner still open to offers
THE door has not yet closed on Gladstone's hopes of keeping its ten pin bowling centre, but the chances are looking slim.
Gladstone Ten Pin Bowl is set to close on July 31 and current leaseholders Lynn and Andrew Carswell will move on after a long association with the centre.
Craig Davison, the owner of the property, yesterday told The Observer he was still open to the possibility of having a bowling alley at the site, but only if the right proposal was made to him. He is willing to offer a discounted rent rate for a bowling alley to operate on the site.
The cause of the centre's closure is a point of contention. However, it is certain the Carswells will move on after July 31.
Mr Davison said he "would love to see a bowling centre" on the site, if the right model was put forward. He said the biggest issue was that the centre was badly rundown and required a costly refurbishment to remain viable.
He will only consider a proposal if the lessee will make that commitment.
Mr Davison said he was not sure if a potential tenant would be willing to make that investment, given it would be a large sum of money.
One major bowling centre operator has already examined the facility and told Mr Davison the renovations would be too expensive.
A second operator is also examining the property.
Craig Davison will only consider a proposal to run a bowling centre on the site if two criteria are met: the lessee would invest in significant refurbishment; and the lessee must have a solid business acumen.