We received the following update from Teri Terrano, the Edmonds woman who has been organizing opposition to a proposal to raze the Robin Hood Lanes bowling alley and replace it with a Walgreens store.
“We believe that Walgreens is just starting to become aware of this community issue,” Terrano said, adding that she has mailed a letter – along with signatures from those opposing the Walgreens store – to top Walgreens officials. In part, the letter states:
Many are now in an uproar against your coming to Edmonds. This bowling alley is popular, successful and is one of the last remaining in our area. Bowling tournaments are held at this location bringing professional bowlers from all over the United States to compete here. This recreational facility is used by thousands of league bowlers, families, high schools, seniors as old as 90 and children as young as 5. Over 1,700 kids bowled free this last summer. Birthday parties are booked every weekend and local churches use it for gatherings. We can only assume that you were unaware of how important Robin Hood Lanes is to our community when you submitted permits to demolish it.
In addition, you must not be aware there are already two drug stores located on the corner of 100th and Edmonds Way. Bartell Drugs and QFC Pharmacy have always been sufficient enough for the prescriptions needed in the Westgate area. Maybe a mini, small community Walgreens would better fit in Edmonds where we support small businesses. A pharmacy where the seniors living downtown can go that are unable to drive to the Westgate area.
Please know that our community efforts to save Robin Hood Lanes have only just begun. Attorneys have come forward to assist us free of charge. Letters have been written requesting support from Jeff Bridges, who played in The Big Lebowski, and Michelle Obama, who is a huge supporter of healthy activities for kids, listing bowling as the number one activity, and will be visiting our area in February.
We are asking the land owner, Carol Clute, for the opportunity to match your price for this land. We ask that you reconsider your proposal to build where Robin Hood Lanes has successfully operated for more than 50 years. Please help us save something that has been so good for our community!
I would greatly appreciate your response to this letter.
Robin Hood Lanes against Walgreens
Terrano also provided a copy of her letter sent to First Lady Michelle Obama, who “is a huge supporter of healthy kids activities and recently published, in the March, 2012 Kids National Geographic, that bowling is her number one recommendation for kids to “Keep Moving”!”
Dear Mrs. First Lady,
Because of your passion for kids and fighting to keep all kids healthy and active, we are writing to you to ask for any help you can give in raising awareness of a local battle going on to save Robin Hood Lanes Bowling Alley in Edmonds, Washington.
This bowling alley is a 50 year old Landmark and a very successful business. It is one the very few recreational facilities available in our community for kids to keep active and healthy. Robin Hood Lanes recognizes the importance of kids having an active lifestyle and over 1,700 kids bowled free here last summer. Kids’ birthday parties are booked every weekend. There are many local high school bowling teams that utilize this alley for both their practice and competition. Saturday mornings are filled with junior bowlers from ages 5-18. Sunday mornings the alley is packed with families who enjoy a healthy breakfast and an active morning of three free games. Tuesdays, from 3-5pm, is the Strike Force program, where coaches offer their assistance and juniors learn to bowl for free. The blind children from our local Louis Braille School have learned how to bowl here. In the summer, our local kids’ camps visit Robin Hood Lanes to enjoy an active day of bowling. Needless to say, if this bowling alley should be torn down it will decimate yet another place for kids to gather, have fun, and be active in a safe atmosphere.
There are other important programs offered at Robin Hood Lanes as well. Hundreds of people, including seniors as old as 90 years old, bowl here every week in bowling leagues. The majority are there, not to compete, but to have fun and get exercise. Professional bowling tournaments are held at this alley, bringing bowlers from all over the United States to compete. Local churches rent out Robin Hood Lanes for fun and active gatherings. It’s an important facility for our entire community.
This is not a matter of a failing establishment that is close to going out of business. This is purely a matter of a huge national company who finds this location appealing for potential profit. Unfortunately, the land where Robin Hood Lanes sits is owned by another party. While the land owners and business owners were in negotiations on an existing 99 year lease; Walgreens came in and offered a multi million dollar deal to the land owners. They jumped without even offering the business owners the chance to match the deal.
While we understand that it is the land owner’s right to sell; thousands from our local communities are in an uproar. Our only request is to allow the business owners the opportunity to match the offer proposed by Walgreens and save the successful bowling alley that has been established there for several family generations. The daughter, who is now in charge of the land owners family estate, has refused this opportunity. On top of this, Walgreens is just not needed at this location. There are already two local drug stores, Bartell Drugs and QFC Pharmacy, on the same street corner of this site and there are two other Walgreens within a 5 mile radius. Razing Robin Hood Lanes and replacing it with a Walgreens will add nothing to our small community and only steal away its history and charm.
Bowling alleys are disappearing everywhere across the country, and this is one of the few left in the surrounding Seattle area. This is a successful and recently renovated pillar of our community that we want to be here for another 50 years. Anything you can do to help keep Robin Hood Lanes in its home with the kid’s laughter emanating from its walls would be a miracle.
Thank you for all that you do to help our children.
Robin Hood Lanes against Walgreens