Champlain Lanes closing after 55 years

SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) A Shelburne family fun spot is closing its doors after 55 years.

The Champlain Lanes bowling alley on Route 7 was opened in 1964 by the Longe Family.

But a change in the entertainment landscape and a decline in business led to brothers Michael and Randy Longe deciding to close. According to Randy Longe, in order to keep the business going, they'd have to remodel the bowling alley and make additions. He says remodeling doesn't make fiscal sense considering the Longes doesn't own the building. The Pecor family owns the property, but Longe says the Pecors are not forcing them out.

"We've had a wonderful working relationship with the Pecor family, all three generations of both families, and we came to this decision together. We had opportunities. We still have opportunities but it's just not economically feasible," Randy Longe said.

The business will stay open until May 12 and will conclude with the 55th Champlain Tournament.

The Longe family does own Twin City Family Fun Center in Berlin, a bowling alley with laser tag, an arcade and restaurant.

Coming up on the Channel 3 News this weekend, our Scott Fleishman will have more about the legacy of Champlain Lanes, including the Longe's relationship with the Special Olympics.