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Bowling alley will open this spring
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While arcade games have moved into the Ten Pin Fun Center, there’s still much to be done and the bowling alley won’t be open until sometime this spring (FRANKIE TOVAR/The Journal).

There are arcade games and bowling pins inside of the new Ten Pin Fun Center in Turlock, but the public will have to wait just a little bit longer to lace up their shoes and hit the lanes.

Since construction began on the 52,000-square foot family entertainment center in July 2017, community members have watched in anticipation as its opening is delayed time after time. The bowling alley was originally expected to be completed in February 2018 at the latest, but then it was announced that August would be the month. From there, the opening date was pushed back to December.

In November, project investor Darrale Patrias let the Journal know that the December goal wouldn’t happen either, pushing back the bowling alley’s opening date to the “end of January or possibly as early as the middle of February.”

Holdups on the center’s construction at the time included obtaining an occupancy permit from the City of Turlock, as well as the installation of the bowling lanes and their accompanying equipment. Those items are now installed, as well as countless games in the arcade and televisions throughout the building, but there is still plenty of work to be done on the entertainment center.

According to Never Boring vice president Julie Orona, who is handling Ten Pin’s marketing, the bowling alley is now eyeing a spring opening. Whether that means March, April or May, however, is still to be determined.

“We wanted to give a wider window for the opening, just because you don’t know what can happen with construction and hiring,” Orona said. “There are some last-minute things that need to be done to make sure it opens up properly.”

Orona said Ten Pin plans on hosting a job fair next month, with an exact date to be announced.

“The goal is to have everything in place with the right staff and have everything coming together at once,” she said.

When finished, the Ten Pin Fun Center, which is located at 3700 Countryside Dr. across from Lowe’s, will include 34 bowling lanes, a 4,000-square foot laser tag room with attached staging and vesting rooms, an arcade with 75 games and a prize redemption center, a separate bar for bowlers and a sports bar and restaurant that will include billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor bocce ball courts and an outdoor dining patio. The facility will also have seven banquet rooms that can host small birthday parties or large events.

To all of the Turlock residents patiently waiting for the town’s only bowling alley to open, Orona had just six words.

“It will be worth the wait.”

To keep up with the Ten Pin Fun Center’s construction and the upcoming job fair, visit its Facebook page, Ten Pin Fun Center.