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Pearl River Lanes Going Out of Business

Pearl River Lanes, which will close permanently May 25 2013.
Pearl River Lanes, which will close permanently May 25 2013.
Pearl River Lanes first opened at 100 N. Middletown Road in Pearl River in 1975.
The family-owned bowling alley will go out of business Saturday. 
Catherine Lesica opened Pearl River Lanes with her husband in 1975 and currently runs it with her son, Richard. They had been looking to sell to new owners that would keep the bowling alley open, but negotiations with their landlords broke down last week.
"The landlord and us could not come to an agreement on a lease," Richard Lesica said. "There is no more to it than that. It's no fault of anybody's that they couldn't get to a number to proceed. It's been a long run. My mom, who is in charge of the company, is 81 years old and she's retiring. 
"We've been here for 38 years. Three families have derived a life from this for a long time. It's down to my mom, and at her age, she can't continue. With the economy the way it is, it wasn't valid."
Steve's Dart Lounge and Hudson Shores Train Depot, which are part of the building, are also being displaced. Owner Steve Veralli moved Steve's Dart Lounge from its previous location on Central Avenue two years ago and took over the pro shop business for the bowling alley. Hudson Shores Train Depot had just moved in a year ago. 
"I talked to Richie Friday morning. He has been up front the whole way," Veralli said. "We thought the sale was made. Friday he said it was falling through and he's going to shut down. 
"I was downtown for quite a while and moved here two years ago. I picked up the pro shop and it was good for business. It was a good run. I guess I have to look at the positive."
Veralli said he is moving out the fixtures and selling off what merchandise he can. He said he may not re-open elsewhere.
"To start up again? I don't know if I want to do it," Veralli said. "To find a place that is affordable, too. It's tough."
Richard Lesica said this is part of a decline in bowling.
"Bowling has fallen off at least 50 percent," Lesica said. "We lost a lot of business the last few years. It's a sign of the times. It's the business. People don't have the money to spend any more."
He added that it is members of the bowling community who suffer. Pearl River Lanes has 7 p.m leagues that include 60 people. 
"There is nowhere for the whole league to go to another center," Lesica said. "They are usually filled at that time."
What do you think of Pearl River Lanes closing? Tell us in the comments.
Mike May 20, 2013 at 05:38 PM
It's too bad and a sense of loss for entire community. It's a real tribute that family was able to keep it open 38 years. Congratulations on that and thanks for being a good and wholesome part of the PR Community! Any rumors on what, if any, business might take the space over?
Carol Dyer May 20, 2013 at 06:07 PM
What a real shame for our community. The Leica family has opened their hearts to so many of us. My kids were in leagues there, had birthday parties there, took PE classes and they were always so kind to my son Jeffrey and his group through the years. Jeff has autism and they always made accomodations for special needs kids. They were honored by SEPTA for their good hearts many years ago. A sad day.
Raissa Dermody Reid May 20, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I am so sad to hear that Pearl River Lanes are closing it's doors :( I was in the first Junior League to bowl there when it opened in 1975 and continued to bowl there throughout the 38 years they were opened, as did the rest of my family members. Children's birthday parties, leagues, fundraiser's & just some fun weekend bowling with my family. Many good memories there :) I wish the landlord was more negotiable with the lease terms. What is up with that? It just doesn't seem right that after all these years the LL would allow this PR landmark to shut it's doors so easily? It's a sad day for Pearl River :( Best wishes to the Lesica Family and Thank you for your service & dedication to the Pearl River community!!! You will be greatly missed!!!
kimberly May 20, 2013 at 08:18 PM
What does the landlord have planned and who is the landlord?
Charles W. Samoylo May 20, 2013 at 09:22 PM
The Leica Family were great owners of the Pearl River Lanes. I bowled at the lanes back in the 80' s and 90's. and was very successful .Bowling many high scoring games and 186 + average when I stopped bowling due injuries I learned my craft at the time with the efforts of their dedicated staff at the time. Pearl River Lanes will surely be missed and I hope the lanes continue.Pearl River needs some activities for the community.They no longer have movie theater ,now bowling alleys going, A sad day for Pearl River,
Paul Witte May 20, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Raissia that's what happens when you have a landlord from Long Island who doesn't care about PR it shows the way they keep the property. The rumor is a Walgreens.
Stephen Bruno May 20, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Very sad for every bowler in Pearl River especially young kids who want to start up this great sport. I just finished my senior season of Varsity Bowling and seeing that they are leaving makes me very sad. Since this year was the first time in a very long time that the Boys team won the League Title, its a shame that the PR teams wont have a "home court" anymore
Cal Mendelsohn May 21, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Really sorry to see this. Another iconic place that made great memories for so many is leaving us.
Mama Bear May 21, 2013 at 07:12 AM
If the landlord is who the rumors claim them to be this doesn't surprise me. There goes Pearl River. Good bye Leica family. Thanks for the memories.
NoName May 21, 2013 at 07:47 AM
When a landlord tries to get blood from a stone this is what happens. I am certain the landlord is the cause and if they don't get tennats really fast that place(the strip mall) will be a blight on the town and look worse than it already does.
Tim OLeary May 21, 2013 at 09:45 AM
I worked there for over 20 Years, through High School and College and even after I got a full time job. Cathy and Charlie Lesica were the best employer I have ever worked for. It was truly a family enviornment. I wish the Cathy a long and healthy retirement. Also, best of luck to all the Lavecchia Boys who have been there since the beginning. It will be missed.
Patti Peneno May 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM
My family has a LOT of history at PR Lanes and a lot of memories. I am very sad to see this legacy go, but will always remember the good times growing up with Richie and the rest of the gang around the bowling alley.
frankie g May 21, 2013 at 03:50 PM
So many happy memories are all we have now. Sad to hear of the demise of yet another iconic house in our community. This was much more than another bowling alley. It was a family house that enabled many friendships and extended families to be built. Best wishes and Thanks to the Lesica Family...You have a place in many hearts
Nancy Dulisse May 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM
The real story about Pearl River Lanes and the birth of this bowling center Rockland Journal 1975, this says it all!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=340992549357386&set=a.340990479357593.1073741826.100003399317405&type=3&theater
JP Blauvelt May 24, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Boycott the entire plaza
John May 24, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Do the landlords owner the strip mall? Who are the landlords? Where are they located?
Paul Witte May 24, 2013 at 08:34 AM
The owner is Rosen Associates, DAVE ROSEN is the landloard. Rosen Associates Mngt. Corp. 33 South Service Road, ste 101, Jericho, NY 11753 phone number is 516-333-2000 emaiil rosenmgmt.com, call them and let them know what you think. I did
Stacey Yore May 24, 2013 at 09:32 AM
The good part is that New City Bowl is making accommodations for the league bowlers the are being displaced. It is sad, however, that with willing and able buyers of the lanes, that an agreement could not be made to allow a new buyer to invest many thousand dollars to upgrade an existing business in the Pearl River Community. Instead, all we have is competition with another chain store. So much for keeping the (little) small guys in business! Shame on Rosen Associates
JP Blauvelt May 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Walgreens ???? What a stupid idea. We have cvs, shoprite, dollar general. What's the point ! Who is running this town. At least make the landlord give the plaza a much needed facelift, it's becoming an eye sore.
Gary Sherman May 24, 2013 at 01:10 PM
My family has been in this town for generations, I moved out of PR about a year ago, I spent a lot of my child/teen years at PR Lanes, My parents have been in PR for 70 years and ironically they are closing the doors on their 50th anniversary... wierd..
James T Smith June 16, 2013 at 01:40 PM
This is sad, never thought it would happen. Spent many luch times there with the girl at the snack bar (and Jeff Duncan) as well as having friends to bowl with. Sad part of history.
Jonathan Swift July 14, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I heard that this entire strip mall is destined to be something similar to one you'd see in Monsey. Pearl River, WAKE UP! Look closer into what is going on here!

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