SIOUX CITY — Nine months after striking a deal with bankers to save Plaza Bowl, Brian Atchinson is part of a group purchasing the nearly 60-year-old bowling alley.
Atchison, who serves as the alley's proprietor, owns J&B Investments of Dakota Dunes.
He partnered with Klinger Companies Inc. of Sioux City to purchase Plaza Bowl from Heritage Bank, which had been leasing it to Atchison since last August after purchasing it for $1.35 million at a forfeiture auction.
This effectively puts an end to an ordeal that dates back to October 2016 that saw the bowling alley close and reopen multiple times during that extended period of instability.
Atchison credits John Gleeson, CEO of Klinger Companies and owner of the Marketplace Shopping Centre where Plaza Bowl is located, for his role in the transaction.
As part of the purchase agreement, Atchison said the adjacent One-Eyed Jack’s bar and grill will continue to operate.
Additionally, the alley will continue to undergo renovations. He's seeking aid from the city and state to help finance those projects.
“The Siouxland bowling community is really excited to know that bowling is going to continue in the Sioux City area with a 24-lane establishment that’s 59 years old,” Atchison said.
Under his nearly yearlong proprietorship, Atchison said he’s seen business pick up.
“Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the recreational/weekend bowler and the lanes continued to be packed during the nine winter months that we have here,” he said.
With the alley’s future now secure, Atchison is ready to focus on the establishment's future.
“This chapter of this 17 month ordeal is now closing and a new chapter is opening,” he said.