Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bellevue bowling alley shuts down business

Facility hosted Bruce Willisí party that was covered in People magazine

Express Staff Writer

Work crews, including Jeremy Stumpner, left, and Josh VanHorn, of Mack Lane Service, disassembled the bowling alleys at Mountain Sun Lanes in Bellevue on Friday. The equipment will be transferred to another bowling alley in Twin Falls. Photo by Willy Cook

After 33 years in operation, the Mountain Sun Lanes bowling alley at the southern end of Bellevue is closed for good. 

Owners Mike and Ruth Weems, who also operate bowling alleys in Twin Falls and Shoshone, have cited health issues as the cause.

“We’re taking everything (bowling equipment) to Twin Falls,” Ruth Weems said.

She said she and her husband still own the building on Main Street.

“We don’t know yet what’s going to happen at the site,” she said. 

Weems said she’s moving to Twin Falls because her husband’s health is “not that great” and driving to Twin Falls seven days a week has taken a toll.

“I would rather have my husband have his health than have a bowling alley here,” she said.

Mike Weems said, “It’s very sad for us to close that up, but I have some pretty serious health issues.”

He said the lanes had hosted more than 200 parties per year, including one for actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore that was covered in People magazine.

Wood River Bowling Association President Vicki L. Sisiam said the closing will be a shock to more than 100 bowling league members, some of whom have used the alley for decades.

“In the past, before the economy went down, we had leagues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights,” Sisiam said. “It’s been a big part of my life. There used to be a waiting list to get on leagues.”

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