Bowling alley planned for Columbus

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — A former Sack and Save store in Columbus will be converted into a bowling alley.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the site in the Waverly Shopping Center off U.S. Highway 45 has been empty for about a decade.

That will change on July 1, when the 27,000-square-foot building will become a 24-lane bowling alley with a bar and grill, a pool room and a party area.

Businessman P.K. Ravi bought the shopping center in late April, according to Royce Hudspeth of Rhett Real Estate said.

M.A. Copeland is overseeing the construction project. He currently works for Family Bowl Lanes in Meridian.

“We’ll have a big game room, pool tables, and we have looked at the possibility of adding bumper cars and some laser stuff,” he said. “Hopefully it’s going to be a rec center, but that will not take place originally. It will have to be in steps. I want to give Columbus as decent a bowling center and operation as I can possibly do. That’s my major concern.”

The contractor said the Ravi family considered three other locations in Mississippi before settling on Columbus.

“Columbus has needed a good bowling center for years I think,” he said. “We looked at four cities — Vicksburg, Jackson, Tupelo (and Columbus) but my choice was Columbus from the start. I knew they needed it. I believe in the people of Columbus and I knew if we carried a bowling center there and ran it right, they would support us.”

The lanes are inside the facility, waiting to be installed, but the building needs to be properly wired before any major construction can begin, Copeland said.

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