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Thousand Oaks braces for new bowling center

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Plans for a new bowling center in Thousand Oaks are reportedly moving ahead.

The center will be located in the Janss Marketplace, at 275 N. Moorpark Road, in east Ventura County.

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 weekly Acorn newspaper had reported that a group of local entrepreneurs had been discussing with Janss Marketplace owner NewMark Merrill Companies for the past two years the prospect of a bowling center at the 17,000-square-foot former Linens ’n Things building.

It’s unclear when the 20-lane bowling house will open.

But the center already has a name: “DaddyO’s Skater Bowl,” which will include a skateboarding area, arcade and a 21-and-over restaurant and lounge open on weekends, according to the Acorn.

Sandy Sigal, the chief executive officer and president of NewMark Merrill Companies, said the mall was seeking to offer more entertainment for families.

“It’s what we’ve been holding out for,” he told the Acorn.