Some San Fernando Valley and Ventura County bowling centers may be getting some competition soon.
Plans are in the works to place a bowling house in Thousand Oaks again, according to the weekly Acorn newspaper.
The new bowling center would be located at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks.
The Conejo Bowl was the last bowling center in Thousand Oaks. Conejo Bowl owner Larry Janss closed the community landmark in 1995, saying that longtime patrons had moved away and a 2-year-old city smoking ordinance had reduced business by 10%.
The Acorn reported that a group of entrepreneurs has been discussing with Janss Marketplace owner Newmark Merrill for the past two years the prospect of a bowling center at the 17,000-square-foot former Linens ’n Things building.
“We need [a bowling center] here, because everyone’s traveling to Camarillo and Simi Valley,” said longtime Thousand Oaks resident Candy Eve.
Plans for the 20-lane bowling center – and a video arcade and indoor skatepark – are expected to be finalized within a month, the Acorn said.
Eve said if the bowling facility opened, she would probably try it out.
“I have my special 10-pound ball that I had specially made for me that I’ve used once in the last 20 years,” Eve said.
“I would take it out of mothballs.”