ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ailing. (TOC) — After almost 60 years in enterprise, Elk Grove Bowl is closing its doorways this weekend in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village.
Longtime prospects gathered Friday for one final sport – and to have a look again on the historical past of the enterprise earlier than it is gone.
“That is the primary place I ever bowled and now it is my primary sport,” stated Jeffrey Ford, 16. “I identical to it a lot. It is unhappy. A bit of historical past from Elk Grove simply gone.”
After 60 years and three generations of household possession, Elk Grove Bowl is closing.
“We wish to retire and it is actually not any extra sophisticated than that,” proprietor Chris Beckord stated. “It has been an amazing run, however it is time to transfer on and do different issues.”
Like so many different family-owned companies which have not too long ago shut their doorways, the following technology will not be enthusiastic about taking on the household enterprise.
Greatest childhood associates Jim McCormack and Wayne Tocki determined to come back again for one final sport and a beer.
“Final time I used to be right here bowling was 1976ish perhaps,” McCormack stated.
And the final time Tocki was right here 36 years in the past, he met his spouse. Returning after a long time introduced again a flood of childhood recollections for each males.
“We might stroll right here, we have been that shut,” Tocki stated. “Spent our summers right here after faculty bowling, enjoying pinball.”
And when the youngsters develop up, they arrive again with their very own children.
After the bowling alley closes, the constructing can be torn down. The property was purchased by the Village of Elk Grove Village for redevelopment.
However, all of the gear will stay on. Each little bit of it has been bought to different bowling alleys.
It is all higher candy for Chris Beckord, whose spouse’s household has owned Elk Grove Bowl since 1962.
“There’s a nice employees right here, they get alongside so effectively collectively,” Beckord stated. “They’re enjoyable to be round, the purchasers are enjoyable to be round. That can the toughest factor.”
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