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Long Meadow Bowl closes

May 27, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Frank Turner closed one of his four local bowling alleys on Monday.

Long Meadow Bowl has been open on Leitersburg Pike since 1961, he said.

"For a lot of people, this was a home," he said.

Turner said the decline of 9 p.m. bowling leagues nationwide helped cut into business. He said the remaining league bowlers at Long Meadow Bowl have moved to other Turner alleys.

Turner also owns Dual Lanes on Dual Highway, Southside Bowl on Virginia Avenue and Pikeside Bowl near Martinsburg, W.Va.

"It tears my heart out," he said of Long Meadow shutting down, "because I built them all."

Long Meadow Bowl closed on Monday, at the end of a weekend Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association tournament that Turner said included 162 competitors.

Turner Development Co. Inc. sold the 90,000-square-foot Long Meadow Bowl building last month for $2.01 million to Aristodemos Capital Group LLC.

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Turner said he has been leasing the property from the new owners, Mohammad Azadi and his son, Ash.

Ash Azadi has asked the Washington County liquor board about getting a liquor license for a proposed nightclub.

Mohammad Azadi did not return a message left at his office on Tuesday afternoon.

Besides the bowling alley, the building has housed a nightclub called Eclipse, then the Antietam Moose Lodge, but neither is there now.

Turner bought a bowling alley in downtown Hagerstown in 1952. He built Dual Lanes in 1958, Long Meadow Bowl in 1961, and Southside Bowl and Pikeside Bowl in 1962.

Long Meadow Bowl, which is near Long Meadow Shopping Center, opened with 34 duckpin lanes. Later, Turner replaced eight duckpin lanes with tenpin lanes.

When he added the Eclipse nightclub, he took out the tenpin lanes and lost two duckpin lanes, leaving 24 duckpin lanes.

Turner said Southside Bowl and Dual Lanes each have 36 lanes and Pikeside Bowl has 38 lanes.

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