As the tenant and operator of Kona Lanes at Mesa Verde Center since
1980, my family and I wish to express our deep appreciation for the
patronage of our loyal customers during our long history at this
location. We are also pleased that many people have fond memories of
hours passed here in earlier, more vibrant times. Regrettably,
however, Kona Lanes will close its doors this summer, due to the
economic reality of our situation, regardless of whether or not the
Planning Commission's approval of Kohl's is overturned by the City
I would also like to take the opportunity to address a few major
misconceptions that have appeared in recent stories and letters in
the newspaper. It is clear to me that some city planners, elected
officials and residents are not aware of the true forces that control
the future of Kona Lanes.
We are not being evicted. People are mistaken if they believe the
Segerstroms are forcing us out. The exact opposite is true. The
Segerstroms have been fair and thoughtful landlords, and Kona Lanes
has stayed in operation in recent years only because of rent
concessions from the landowners. Were it not for these concessions,
Kona Lanes would have closed years ago.
In the last several years, the Segerstroms and I have discussed
the possibility of remodeling and reconfiguring Kona Lanes to restore
the vitality which the facility formerly had. The unavoidable truth
is that the nature of bowling and recreation in general has changed
since Kona Lanes was constructed more than 40 years ago. Upgrading
the existing Kona Lanes facility to modern bowling standards and
current building codes would be prohibitively expensive. It would be
equally costly to tear it down to build a new bowling center from
scratch. No one is to blame, and it is inappropriate to target the
Segerstroms, who have been excellent landlords.
Once again, we would like to thank the customers we have served
over the years and are grateful for the great times we have all
shared with the public.
JACK MANN JR.
Owner, Kona Lanes