Carrie Rengers

Thunderbird Bowl’s former wooden lanes are for sale

The wooden lanes under these synthetic ones at Thunderbird Bowl, which is closing late this month, are for sale – and going fast.
The wooden lanes under these synthetic ones at Thunderbird Bowl, which is closing late this month, are for sale – and going fast. The Wichita Eagle

Seneca Bowl and Derby Bowl owner Derek Frazier made a deal to buy the wooden lanes of Thunderbird Bowl, some of which he plans to use and some of which he’s reselling.

Thunderbird Bowl is closing at the end of this month after more than a half century in business.

Frazier is already advertising the lanes, which currently are hidden under some synthetic lanes at the bowling alley.

“My phone won’t quit ringing,” Frazier says of people who are looking to buy the lanes. “I thought you were going to be another one.”

Initially, Frazier says he hung a sign at Thunderbird thinking people might want the lanes for sentimental value.

He says he didn’t get a lot of response, though, until a couple of days ago.

“We Facebooked it about noon on Tuesday,” Frazier says. “I’ve sold half of it in two days. I just can’t believe it.”

He says callers have all kinds of things planned for the lanes, such as coffee tables, shuffleboard tables, kitchen counter tops and flooring.

Frazier is selling the wood in 8-foot sections that are 42 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches thick. Each section is $40.

Frazier can be reached at 316-207-3640, but you may need to call quickly if you’re interested.

“It’s been crazy for two days.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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