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Nu-Arch Lanes Undergoing $80,000-Plus Modernization




Vern Nemire, owner of Nu- Arch Lanes bowling center, Archbold, said he “would rather be a leader, and have other people follow me.”

To that end, Nemire said he is investing over $80,000 in the business.

When the upgrades are completed later this summer, Nemire said Nu-Arch Lanes will be the most modern bowling center between Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Toledo.

Investment Now

With a sluggish economy, many companies are shelving expansion or modernization; why did Nemire choose now to invest?

Much of the decision hinged on the price of gasoline.

“I do a lot of things to try to analyze the market. What I feel has been an increase in bowling is maybe because you don’t drive to Toledo or Ft. Wayne anymore.

“I looked at what people can do for entertainment here in town. I put up a sign, ‘save gas, bring the family.'”

It emphasizes stay at home to have recreation here, he said.

Nemire bought the bowling center in 1991.

Nemire asked himself, “What can we do to make it more inviting? What can I do to make this more attractive?”

First on the list was a new electronic scorekeeping system. The big feature of the system is the replacement of small electronic monitors with new 37- inch flat screens.

Ceiling tiles, which absorbed cigarette smoke, will be changed. The restrooms are being redone, and there is new seating for the lounge.

Additionally, new pins will be delivered. New pins can make a big difference to a bowler, he said.

Nemire said he’s done several new things to promote bowling, including teaching the sport to youngsters; he’s found those youngsters will bring their parents back to bowl.

Benefits

Nemire said he has added two people to the bowling center staff, and hopes to add two more. That, he said, creates new jobs in Archbold.

Also, he said people from the surrounding area are coming to Nu-Arch lanes, potentially bringing in customers for other businesses.

“People in business today had better know their business, be thinking about competitive businesses, and try to think of something brand new,” he said.


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