When the state of Florida started preparing for COVID-19 and potential shutdown of businesses, Parkview Lanes in Holder initially cut out open bowling for two weeks and started "cleaning everything in sight," owner C.H. Crockett said.
Then on March 20, his 27-year-old business was one of the many that was required to close its doors.
“We had to furlough our three customer service employees, but all will return when we reopen,” Crockett said.
He and the other four employees took the down-time opportunity to do “about five years’ worth of maintenance,” he said.
After purchasing the business in 1992, Crockett, a retiree from Tennessee, totally transformed it — replacing the wooden lanes, installed new pin machines and the newest technology, redid the floors, repainted.
“We did a lot of things to remodel a year ago, including a new entrance," he said.
With the recent stay-at-home orders lifted, the biggest challenge Crockett faces is ensuring and assuring his customers that “bowling at Parkview Lanes will be as safe from a virus as we can possibly make it,” he said.
He said they will require open bowlers to wear masks and recommend that league bowlers wear them.
“We cleaned every single bowling ball we have and will be asking open bowlers to leave balls on the returns when they’re finished so we can clean them before someone else uses them.”
He added that during open bowling, bowling groups will use every other lane to maintain “social distancing.”
“We anticipate the leagues returning to strong participation soon,” Crockett said, “but think open bowling will be slower to return, similar to the recession recovery.”
Parkview Lanes is at 7272 N. Florida Ave. (U.S. 41) in Holder.
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