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First public bowling alley opening downtown

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By Stacy Jacobson

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Downtown Charleston made one more strike off its list.

A public bowling alley called The Alley was the newest attraction in the changing upper King area.

"I see in five years a ton of retail development and more residential development. We see a lot of flowing, walking traffic around this area," managing partner David Crowley said.

The Alley is located in an old liquor distribution warehouse. Managing partners David Crowley and Jimmy Poole said they already had a location in Raleigh, N.C. They said they planned the new location for three years.

"There's not a better event market in the southeast than Charleston, South Carolina," Crowley said.

While The Alley was the first public bowling alley in the downtown area, the business partners said bowling was just the beginning; it also featured an arcade, full bar, restaurant and plenty of space for events.

"It's good, affordable comfort food," managing partner Jimmy Poole said.

They worked with the owners of Home Team BBQ to create the menu of French bread pizzas and sandwiches, Poole said. The fully-stocked bar and even old-fashioned skeet ball machines made this Alley much more than a few lanes.

"It allows us to bring people together and groups together, in a very community setting," Poole said.

The Alley plans to open next Tuesday, with hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

The Alley is located at 131 Columbus Street, one block from King Street.

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