Merri-Bowl Lanes is Under New Ownership!!
On Friday, March 28, Livonia’s long-time family bowling center Merri-Bowl Lanes was purchased by a new metro Detroit entertainment company, And-Glo Entertainment.
The proud new owners of the center, Gerald Anderson and Rich Glomb, are promising that the more than 54-year-old center is soon to become one of the finest bowling centers in the region.
“It is going to be an absolutely world-class facility,” Glomb said. “That is our goal.”
The new owners are planning extensive renovations inside and out after talking with bowlers about what improvements they would most like to see in the 40-lane, 35,000 square-foot facility. The center will remain open during all renovations, and they have already scheduled a grand re-opening celebration to show off the work on Sept. 19-21.
Glomb, 49, has worked in the bowling industry his whole life. At age 14, his first job was picking up trash in the parking lot of bowling center that his uncle managed in Florida.
“I loved the machines and I loved to bowl,” he said. After spending as much as six hours a day bowling for fun, he became an accomplished bowler and knew he had found his calling. He went on to work in the center’s pro shop, work as a mechanic on the machines and eventually began a position with Brunswick Corp. as a manager-in-training and a salesman designing successful marketing blitzes for Brunswick bowling centers.
Glomb moved on to become general manager of a 64-lane bowling center in Lakeworth, Fla., before moving to Michigan in 2002 to take on the position of director of operations and marketing for Great Lakes Bowling Centers. In 2009 he was named vice president of Great Lakes Bowling Centers.
Through it all, however, Glomb has always dreamed of owning his own center.
“This is the most humbling experience in my professional life,” he said. “I feel a professional responsibility. I take it very seriously. It’s not like I’m going to walk in and put my feet up on a desk. It is time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. It’s a different thing when you see your name on the mortgage.”
And-Glo co-owner Gerald Anderson also was a bowling enthusiast at a young age, managed a small bowling center near Saginaw, Michigan, at age 28. He came from a family of bowlers and was an All-American on the bowling team at Saginaw Valley State University. His business degree took him to several different careers including retail management and now as a project manager for ISTI Services overseeing the construction of new natural gas processing plants. Now 51, he currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and plans on eventually returning to his family and friends in Michigan.
“I have always wanted to own a center, even when I was young,” Anderson said. “I was gifted to come into contact with Rich. I don’t have the knowledge and background to do all of this on my own. It was a good fit for the two of us.
Both owners plan to continue to invest in the center and upgrade wherever needed.
“It is a good center already; it can only go up,” Anderson said. “It just needs a facelift, and we agree on that.”
Their goal is to make Merri-Bowl a shining landmark and contributor to the Livonia community.
Glomb said Merri-Bowl Lanes will strive to serve the community in any way possible, whether it is hosting fundraisers for the nonprofit and charity communities to reaching out to the schools and city leaders to become a strong community leader and contributor.
“We want to hold true to good, Godly principals,” Glomb said. “We want to do things ethically and morally correctly. We will treat people with dignity and respect. When you walk in through those doors, my goal is that the world outside melts off of you and during the hours you spend with us all of your cares and stresses of life are forgotten for a while.
“We want to be known hands-down as the friendliest place in Livonia.”
To mark the new chapter in Merri-Bowl Lanes history, the center will soon be launching a logo design contest open to all area students. Students in Livonia, Northville, Novi, Farmington and other areas served by the center will be invited to participate, with a fantastic prize package planned for the winner.
Customers and students are invited to follow the Merri-Bowl Lanes on their website, Facebook and Twitter, and join our email list for the latest announcements regarding the contest details and deadlines.
Merri-Bowl Lanes, located at 30950 Five Mile Rd. near Merriman Road, can be contacted at (734) 427-2900.
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