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Verdes Tropicana Bowl closes its doors for good

WPTV there for bowling alley's last night in business
Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 07, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A West Palm Beach mainstay has closed its doors.

Verdes Tropical Bowl near Palm Beach International Airport has shut down for good after more than 60 years.

Dozens of bowlers came out to the bowling alley Monday to show their support to the owners.

"I love it. Brought my sister and I together," said Donna Ryan.

"It's the people that make this place great," said manager Murl Lent, who has been working at the bowling alley for 19 years. "Everyone treats you like family."

The general manager of the bowling alley said the pandemic played a role in shutting it down.

"She had a chance to sell, so she did," said Lent.

"The pandemic took its toll on the place and the owners couldn't keep up," said Ryan. "We're just heartbroken it's going to close."

It's unclear what will happen to the property on Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach.