WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Bowl, a decades-old bowling alley on Route 5, will close permanently at the end of the month.
Employees said the business’ last day is May 30. A “going-away party” was held at the bowling alley last weekend, employees said.
A manager declined to speak about the closing Wednesday, but said “we’re heartbroken that this is happening.”
The bowling alley, formerly known as “T-Bowl,” is located at 980 N. Colony Road, near the Holiday Cinemas Stadium 14 movie theater. The bowling alley has hosted many fundraisers and community gatherings over the years.
The owner of the parcel is listed on town records as 66 Realty Associates LLC, according to tax assessor Shelby Jackson.
Aviva Budd, managing member of the LLC, said the company is looking for a new tenant, but declined to elaborate.
“We might have somebody, we’ll see,” Budd said when reached by phone Wednesday. “I don’t think the town will be disappointed.”
Budd said she doesn’t have any plans for a new building.
“It’ll be the same building, just a different tenant,” she said.
Town records show the LLC has owned the North Colony Road property since 1996, the year the LLC was established, Jackson said.
The bowling alley shares the parcel with a go-kart business, On Track Karting. Budd said the go-kart business will remain in its current building, at 984 N. Colony Road.
The go-kart business couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
Town Planner Kacie Hand said she has not been approached by anyone looking to make changes to the property. Hand said the property owner would be allowed to build a new retail building on the property to replace the bowling alley as long as they comply with zoning regulations for the retail zone.