Lincoln County native Reggie Mull and business partner Jason Ingle are hoping their first-time venture as bowling alley owners â€œstrikesâ€ it big.
They took ownership of the old Town and Country Bowling Alley about five weeks ago, changing the name to Strikerâ€™s Lanes and Lounge.
Mull used to hang out at the bowling alley when it was under different ownership. He would play pool.
Mull said Ingle had been working for a construction company and part-time for the bowling alley.
â€œWe knew one another,â€ said Mull, adding he used to come to the lanes to shoot pool. â€œWe started talking one day and decided to go into business together.â€
After working for Clark Tire for a decade, Mull said it was time for a change.
â€œThis was something we felt like would be a profitable business,â€ he said.
Each day, Strikerâ€™s offers something different for everyone.
Mondays offer industries in the area a chance to have industrial league bowling.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays feature a pool tournament and pool league.
Thursday mornings are reserved for the senior citizen bowling league.
Fridays and Saturdays are Moonlight Bowling from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Mull said a new dimension to the business is something thatâ€™s offered in the lounge from Thursday nights to Saturday nights.
â€œWeâ€™re the only place in Lincoln County that offers the Coyote Ugly lounge experience,â€ said Mull.
Besides four pool tables and the lounge, thereâ€™s also the Strike Zone Grill.
Mull said the grill is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
â€œWe have daily specials in the grill and in the lounge,â€ said Mull.
According to Mull, taking ownership of Lincolntonâ€™s only bowling lanes was an easy process.
â€œThe only thing we had to do is work on the machines and the lanes,â€ said Mull.
For more information on Strikerâ€™s Lanes and Lounge, call (704) 748-9959. The lanes open 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
by Jon Mayhew