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Late 1980s photo shows the ground level entrance to East York Bowling Center in the lower level of York County Shopping Center, 2535 East Market Street. (Shared by Don Kauffman)

Bowling Lanes at the York County Shopping Center

Don Kauffman shared several photos of the East York Bowling Center, once located in the lower level of York County Shopping Center; now known as the York Marketplace. Don suspected an error in a prior YorksPast post; however with living in Arizona, he was not able to view that area of the site to confirm. The shared photos instigated research, which confirmed the error.

Don believes his photos were taken in the late 1980s. The introductory photo shows the ground level entrance to the East York Bowling Center in the lower level of York County Shopping Center, at 2535 East Market Street in Springettsbury Township.

The following photo, taken late in 1992, from the Archives of the Springettsbury Township Historic Preservation Committee, shows the back of east side stores in the York County Shopping Center. Within the photo, the ground level entrances are pointed out to the East York Bowling Center and Feller’s Clothing Store.

1992 photo showing back of east side stores in the York County Shopping Center, 2535 East Market Street. The ground level entrances are pointed out to the East York Bowling Center and Feller’s Clothing Store. (1992 Photo from Springettsbury Township Historic Preservation Committee)

In the post East York Bowling Ad has Unique York County Connections the ground level entrance to the East York Bowling Center is incorrectly pointed out as being directly next to Feller’s Clothing Store, when actually it is situated several doors north.

As a THEN and NOW comparison, this is the same area of the back of east side stores in the York Marketplace today.

2022 photo showing back of east side stores in the York Marketplace, which was formerly the York County Shopping Center, 2535 East Market Street. The ground level entrances are pointed out to the former East York Bowling Center and Feller’s Clothing Store. (2022 Photo by S.H. Smith)

The East York Bowling Center opened the evening of Wednesday November 30, 1955. It featured 24-lanes and AMF Automatic Pinspotters. After AMF purchased the Naval Ordnance Plant, in Springettsbury Township, bowling equipment production was moved to that plant; where 37,000 pinspotters were produced between 1970 until 1973. Seeing those pinspotters being built made one appreciate the innovation that went into that design.

Ad for the November 30, 1955, Opening of the East York Bowling Center in the York County Shopping Center, 2535 East Market Street. (The Gazette and Daily, November 29, 1955)

As an Engineer, working at York Division of Borg-Warner, I bowled on a few company Bowling Leagues. The Leagues were at Suburban Bowlerama on Queen Street Hill, however several of us, from the east end, regularly practiced at the East York Bowling Center. My best bowling success was during a practice session at the East York Bowling Center; when I bowled a 245. The first seven balls rolled were strikes, followed by a spare, another strike, and eight pins in the final frame.

When I bowled at the East York Bowling Center, I always used the upper entrance. The following is Don Kauffman’s photo showing that section of the east concourse of the York County Shopping Center, with entrance to stairs down to East York Bowling Center in the lower level.

Late 1980s photo showing the east concourse of York County Shopping Center, with entrance to stairs down to East York Bowling Center in the lower level. (Shared by Don Kauffman)

In December of 1992, demolition began on sections of the York County Shopping Center, as the transformation began into the York Marketplace. Three tenants were allowed to stay open during the initial construction: the Red Lobster restaurant, the East York Bowling Center, and the Western Auto store.

In 1994, the owners of the York Marketplace did not renew the Bowling Center lease. The final weekend of bowling was Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, 1994.

Notice of final weekend of bowling at East York Bowling Lanes in the York Marketplace, formerly the York County Shopping Center; with final day of bowling on Sunday May 22, 1994. (Notice in York Daily Record, May 21, 1994; page 22)

Everything was sold, including the bowling lanes; which were touted as being ideal for work benches or for flooring material. Per an ad, from the York Daily Record of June 1, 1994: Used bowling lanes, 42” wide, 2” thick. Can get any length, minimum 6-feet, for $8 per foot. Whole lane is 80-feet for $500. Must be removed between 5/31 and 6/8. East York Bowling, 2531 East Market Street, York County Shopping Center.

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East York Bowling Ad has Unique York County Connections

Ghost Signs in the Burbs; York County Shopping Center

The Ember’s Restaurant

Queensgate Shopping Center was a Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm

York Mall; Remembering the Early Years

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