Story and photos by Larry Vogel
An Edmonds fixture for more than 50 years, Robin Hood Lanes bowling alley will close its doors for good on April 25.
“It’s been a great run,” said Charlie Pascoe, who along with partner Mike Gubsch has owned and managed the business since 2000. “We love the Edmonds community and we’ll miss our hundreds of loyal customers.”
Many in the community feel the same way. In addition to its popular bowling leagues and kids and seniors programs, Robin Hood has hosted occasional regional tournaments drawing bowlers from up and down the west coast.
Long-time Edmonds residents Bill and Barbara Halseth, both senior citizens, have been loyal bowlers at Robin Hood for more than 15 years. “We’re actually relative newcomers,” said Bill. “There’s regulars who have been bowling here for more than 40 years, at least one of whom is in his 90s.”
Pascoe and Gubsch are planning a special expanded “dollar day” event for Wednesday, April 24 to say goodbye to the Edmonds community.
“In addition to dollar bowling all day long, we’ll have dollar beers, dollar hot dogs and dollar tacos,” said Pascoe. “We’ve suspended our leagues for that day, so all alleys will be open for public bowling. So come on down, bowl a few games, have some food, and help us mark the passing of an era.”
Robin Hood Lanes will operate through the following day. Thursday evening the last ball will roll down the alley, and the loud crack of a speeding bowling ball slamming into pins will pass into Edmonds history.
According to Tom Rocca, spokesperson for site developer California-based Seven Hills Properties, Robin Hood Lanes will be replaced by a new Walgreen’s Drug Store and a second building currently intended as a bank (no tenant for the bank has yet been identified). Look for work to begin sometime in May, with completion around the end of the year.