Haworth Lanes changes ownership this week

Authored by Jim Langham on Dec 23, 2013

Today is Dave Haworth’s last day of ownership of the Haworth Lanes bowling alley. At the end of the day today, Haworth, who has run the local lanes for the past 40 years, will hang up his shoes and ownership papers.
Beginning this week, the local bowling alley will be under the new ownership of Lance and Mindi Sprunger and Breanna and Trent Shaffer. The new name of the alley will be, “Spare Time Lanes.”
“We are very excited; we are grateful to Dave for giving us this opportunity,” said Sprunger on Friday afternoon. “He told us that he would still be willing to help us out in any way.”
Sprunger said that most things will remain as they have been under Haworth, with a few minor changes. Sprunger said that he would be running the alley on a full-time basis, with other partners in the business to work on a part-time basis.
The new owner noted that the alley will be open from 1-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 1-midnight on Friday and Saturday and 1-11 p.m. on Sunday.
Cost of bowling is $3.25 per game and $1.25 a game shoe rental.
Sprunger said that he has been bowling for the past 15 years and Breanna has been bowling all of her life. Sprunger has helped Haworth in various ways for the past seven years.
Haworth said that he will continue to do ball work as part of his retirement.
Haworth praised his wife, Jane, for much of her assistance in the business.
“I don’t know what I would do without her,” said Haworth.
Between them, Dave and Jane have six children, 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
“It’s time for a change, to spend time with the family,” commented Haworth. “I’m 72 years old. I was 32 years old when I started here. I have given 40 years of work here.”
Haworth noted that the original building was constructed on the site under former owner Bill Emick in 1960. In 1965, the business was rebuilt following destruction by the Palm Sunday tornado.
“I’ve seen a lot of good bowlers,” observed Haworth. “I went to a lot of tournaments myself. I bowled several regions. I’ve bowled the U.S. Open a few times.”
Haworth noted that one of the most practical changes he has made over the years has been the addition of synthetic lanes.
“When I came here I was going to be here less than 10 years,” said Haworth. “Before I came here, I managed a 40-lane center close to Akron.
However, interest in friends and family called my heart back to this region.”

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