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New owners take over Classic Lanes
July 08, 2010 Jerry Purvis   

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As of July 1, Gering’s Classic Lanes is now under the ownership of Nicky and Yvonne Stich.
“I’ve been bowling since I was about 5,” Nicky said. “For the past seven years, I’ve helped coach the Scottsbluff High School bowling team. I’ve also been the manager of the Scottsbluff men’s bowling association for the past three years.”
Nicky said he’s always been interested in owning his own bowling alley. Randee and Mary Fry has reopened Classic Lanes last year after it had been closed for a number of years. The Frys made numerous improvements and the bowlers started coming back. But in 2010, the Frys decided to sell and pursue other interests.
“They made this a really nice business,” Nicky said. “When they decided to sell, it seemed like a perfect opportunity and time to get into it. It’s a great setup for a bowling alley and a great location.”
Nicky said for the summer, they’ll be open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 1 p.m. They plan to be open seven days a week once leagues start in August.
“We’re hoping to have leagues Monday through Saturday,” Nicky said. “We’ll start a new mixed league on Friday nights.”
Classic Lanes will be closed the first week of August while they install new synthetic material bowling lanes and new ball returns.
“Synthetic lanes last a lot longer and they also give bowlers a more consistent shot because they don’t wear down as much,” he said. “The current wood lanes are the originals, installed in the early 1970s. You can only sand wood lanes so much.”
Former owner Randee Fry said synthetic lanes are the future of bowling. “Wood lanes are kind of out of the loop, just like we no longer have rubber bowling balls.”
Nicky said they plan to keep Cosmic Bowling for the kids going on Saturday nights, plus a kids’ league on Saturday afternoon.
Classic Lanes will continue to feature a full bar, a full snack bar and a full sized pro shop where they can drill their own bowling balls plus stock all the equipment.
“We’ll also be doing birthday parties,” Nicky said. “We already have a class reunion coming in for Oregon Trail Days.”
Nicky and Yvonne are planning a grand opening on Aug.14 from noon to 5 p.m. The new synthetic bowling lanes will be installed by then. The opening will feature dollar hot dogs and cokes, and dollar bowling.
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