All eyes will be on Padavo Home Furnishings in Janss Marketplace the next few months.
The 17,000-square-foot store in the east Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks is the designated spot for a new bowling center.
Even though construction has not begun, mall officials say a bowling house could be in operation by early next year.
The Acorn, a weekly local newspaper, reported that the president of NewMark Merrill Companies, which operates the outdoor mall, is optimistic about plans for a bowling center, arcade and restaurant at the former Linens ’n Things site.
“We’re making sure that we come up with what is right for the community,” NewMark Chief Executive Sandy Sigal was quoted in the Acorn. “I think we’re getting close. The plans look good. My goal would be to have it open the first quarter of next year. We’re very optimistic.”
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 two-year-old city smoking ordinance had reduced business by 10%.
A spokesman for Padavo was contacted last month by examiner.com and he deflected questions about the future of the store.
He did say that all the uncertainty involving the bowling center had been a financial burden.
There has been considerable speculation for the past year whether plans for the bowling center would come to fruition.
Information about the bowling center has been slow in coming from tight-lipped officials associated with the project.
Still, the entrepreneurs behind the project reportedly have paid the lease for their spot at Janss Mall.
But the Acorn reported last week that no paperwork related to the bowling center had been submitted to the city. And there reportedly is a summer deadline to finalize the deal.
So the waiting continues.