The Shenango Bowl-A-Way falls to the heavy equipment of a demolition crew. The 56-year-old bowling center, as well as 20 acres between it and McKesson Drug on Route 422 in Shenango Township, were sold in July to a Texas company that assembles valves for the gas shale industry. photos by Tiffany Wolfe
NEW CASTLE — A long-established Shenango Township bowling center is being demolished to make way for a new business. Shenango-Bowl-A-Way, which has been in existence since 1957 on New Butler Road, has been sold to a Texas firm, Blackwatch Properties LLC.
The company assembles valves for the gas shale industry, according to Michael Michalojko, who owned the bowling center with his brother, Robert, and a partner from Butler. The three mutually agreed to sell the building three or four years ago, he said, and reached a sales agreement with the company in January. The deal was closed in July.
The company purchased the bowling center plus 20 acres that lie between the building and McKesson Drug. Michalojko and his brother owned the vacant land. He said the company plans to construct a 70,000 to 80,000 square foot facility. Michalojko said they were able to sell the building and the vacant land as a package. “So, it worked out very well,” he said. He said the facility was not doing well financially and decided to get out of operating two bowling centers. The other center, Colonial Lanes, is in Neshannock Township.
Shenango-Bowl-A-Way continued to operate through the last bowling season, he said. Michalojko said the Shenango Township supervisors were very helpful with the project.