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Voelker's owners plan to close and raze bowling alley

“It’s time,” Voelker said. “We (Voelker family members) talked about it and decided it was time to move on.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Voelker’s Bowling Center will end a nearly 130-year run in Buffalo.

Krista Voelker, whose great-grandfather opened the business in 1892, said a pandemic decline in business prompted the decision to close the 32-lane bowling alley, bar and restaurant. She said the property at 680 Amherst St. and three others at 666 Amherst St., 668 Amherst St. and 1634 Elmwood Ave. will be demolished to make way for a to-be-determined development. The demolition request is set to be reviewed by the Buffalo Preservation Board on April 15.

“It’s time,” Voelker said. “We (Voelker family members) talked about it and decided it was time to move on.”

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