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Investor eyes bowling alley, other entertainment attractions locally

For McDuffie Countians searching for entertainment options closer to home, relief could be on the way. Investors are considering a bowling alley, mini-golf facility in the Thomson area, according to Roger Greene who is conducting a feasibility survey on the idea.

The catch, Mr. Greene said, is that no alcohol would be allowed on the premises. His website,, contains a survey to see if people would support the family-oriented business if alcohol was not included in the plan.

"If there's no support for it from that point, it probably wouldn't be done," Mr. Greene said.

He said this idea is following along the lines of Wal-Mart which didn't locate in McDuffie County simply for potential sales from its residents alone. It also came because of the surrounding counties.

"Anybody from Warren County, Lincoln County, Wilkes County and all those, if they want to do anything it's just like us in McDuffie. We've got to go to Richmond or either South Carolina to go to a bowling center," Mr. Greene said.

According to the website, the plan consists of 32 bowling lanes and possibly two to three indoor miniature golf courses. It would also have a pro shop, game room and concession area.

A tentative location has been picked out but will not be identified yet. If there is enough support for the business, it could be open by spring of 2008. Mr. Greene said anyone wanting to express support or opposition for the idea should fill out the survey on the website.


The investors considering a local bowling alley want to hear local opinions at:


Web posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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