Bowling alley pulls out of plaza

PLANS to open a second bowling alley in Halifax have ended up in the gutter.

Tenpin has pulled out of the Broad Street Plaza project and the space earmarked for their 24 lanes is now being allocated to two new tenants.

David Brimblecombe, MD of the Gregory Group, said he was not surprised or worried that Tenpin had withdrawn.

“It is a struggling business,” he said, “and we would much rather have successful and vibrant businesses at Broad Street.”

He said two new companies were lined up to take over the lease and fill the 25,000 sq foot available.

He added: “We are still going through the legal process and I am not in a position to name them just yet.”

Work is now well under way on the Broad Street Plaza which is due to open next Easter.

The main tenant is the Vue multi-screen cinema operator, along with a 100-bed hotel, an NHS medical centre, a 430-space multi-storey car park and numerous eateries including Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, Weatherspoons, Pizza Express, Harvester, The Chinese Buffet and TableTable.

A bingo operator had been expected to occupy part of the development but pulled out early on in the process.

Tenpin, which is part of the London-based Essenden group of companies, was unavailable for comment.

It’s nearest bowling alleys are in York and Manchester.

Halifax already has the Electric Bowl with 10 lanes, two bars, dining and function rooms in Commercial Street.

The £1.5 million building directly opposite the Lloyds Bank HQ, won an architectural award in 2006.