Bowling Center To Open Today
Praveen Ravi wants to change the way people in Columbus are entertained. Ravi is the owner/developer of a new entertainment complex in Columbus. Anchored in the old Sack N Save building behind Chili’s, Ravi is developing an entertainment complex which will include a 24-lane bowling alley.
“We want to offer the people of Columbus something new,” Ravi said.
M.A. Copeland, the manager of the almost 30,000 sq. ft. facility, said it is scheduled to open today, August 1.
“In the first phase, we will have the bowling alley, arcade and some inflatables,” Copeland said. “We are also going to have a laser tag course and a snack bar that will open shortly after. Who knows — we may decided to add some other things.”
Copeland said Golden Triangle Lanes is currently accepting applications for employment.
“I think this will be an asset to the ward and to Columbus,” Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin said. “It’s going to be a great place for young people and older people. People say ‘there’s nothing to do in Columbus.’ well, this will give them something different to do, especially on the north side.It will be good for the restaurants close by as well. And usually with things like this, other things spin out of it.”
Ravi confirmed he has bought the whole shopping center, which includes Mi Hacienda and Smacker’s Frozen Yogurt.
Elite Team Sports Now Open
Elite Team Sports, Columbus’ only indoor hitting and pitching facility, opened July 17 in the shopping center adjacent to K Mart (in front of the Malco Cinema).
The business features several pitching machines of various speeds, as well as picnic tables and other amenities. Co-owner Scott Hannon said the facility can be booked for functions such as birthday parties. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10-8, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-9 and 1-6 on Sundays. Hannon owns the business with Lance Conn of Columbus.
Omnova Property To House Business Center
Part of the Omnova campus in East Columbus has been purchased by Millner and Associates of St. Louis, according to WCBI. The purchased property will be used to form the Columbus Business Center, which could house 10-12 tenants. Officials with the Golden Triangle Development LINK are starting to show the property to potential tenants.
Bojangles on Highway 45 closed its doors Wednesday night. An assistant manager for the fried chicken restaurant confirmed that it would not be open in Columbus after July 31. Bojangles is the second fastfood chain to leave Columbus in the past year as Krystal’s closed its store located in front of Belk on Highway 45 North last year.
Columbus store owner Bill Cunningham said his other store in Starkville will remain open. Jack’s Hamburgers is rumored to be moving into the building.
The chain was founded in 1977 by Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas. Its corporate office is located in Charlotte, NC.