At a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Dr. John R. Hubbard, executive director of Stephenville Economic Development Authority, announced that a multi-million dollar development is currently in the works that will include a 28-lane bowling alley and up to 100,000 square feet of retail and business space.
“Ernie and Geneva Brooks are the principles and they’re working with Rick Heim at Cornerstone Consulting on the design. The entertainment facility including the bowling alley will occupy just over 30,000 square feet and the rest will be used for retail,” Hubbard said.
He said no start date has been set but M2 Partners with Don Silverman, one of the firm’s partners, is overseeing the project and it is expected to be completed in April 2018.
SEDA made the announcement Tuesday afternoon just before the Stephenville City Council was set to meet.
The development will be located on W. Washington Street across from Chili’s Bar and Grill where Green Acres is currently located near the intersection of Washington Street and Wolfe Nursery Road.
That business will relocate to another site.
SEDA board president Matt Harpole said he is excited about the project as it’s one that will benefit families and people of all ages.
“When SEDA got started we talked to a lot of people and they told us they wanted two things - something for the kids and a new grocery store,” Harpole said. “So we have one down and one to go.”
The 38,000 square-foot bowling alley will reportedly be called “Strikesville” and include eight private lanes, a restaurant, laser tag and ropes course.
“John (Hubbard) gets all the credit for this,” Harpole said. “You can’t believe how much time and effort he has spent working on this.”