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Two bowling alleys in Cape Coral sold

By CJ HADDAD - | Mar 16, 2023

A pair of Cape Coral bowling alleys are being sold as a local family business downsizes its operation.

Pat Ciniello, founder of Bowling Management Associates, announced this week that after owning bowling centers in Southwest Florida for more than 43 years, the family has sold Bowland Cape Coral and HeadPinz Cape Coral to the Bowlero Corporation. Financial terms were not disclosed on the deal that is expected to be finalized by May 1.

In a release announcing the sales, Ciniello said, “After the last 3 years of COVID, Hurricane Ian and personal family loses, it’s time to take a breath and refocus on family and the overall direction for our other companies.”

Ciniello bought his first bowling center in Naples, Fla., in 1980, and has been growing his company ever since.

The Ciniello family, including Pat, wife Lisa and son Marc, will continue to own and operate local bowling centers such as HeadPinz Fort Myers, as well as Beacon Bowl and HeadPinz in Naples. The family said they will also look to grow its BowlMarc operation, which is in the amusement games and service robot businesses.

“We are not going out of business, to the contrary, I’m very excited for our future opportunities.” Ciniello said.

Ciniello is also chairman of the board of QubicaAMF Worldwide, and has a long-term friendship with Tom Shannon, founder and CEO of Bowlero. Ciniello said when the opportunity presented itself, the timing was right for Bowlero’s expansion into Southwest Florida, and the family plans to sell-off part of its holdings.

The family is grateful for all the memories created in Cape Coral, and will fondly remember its patrons.

“We will miss our bowlers and friends that we’ve made in Cape Coral over the past 38 years,” Ciniello stated. “But I’m confident Bowlero will continue the growth of bowling there with its wide array of resources, including the National League Bowler Program and support from the Professional Bowlers Association.”

Bowlero owns more than 325 bowling centers across North America and serves more than 30 million guests annually. For more on Bowlero, visit www.bowlero.com.

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