POTSDAM — A Potsdam native has started a fundraising campaign so he can buy and reopen Market Lanes.
Dallas M. Brown, who worked at the bowling alley at 144 Market St. during his teenage years, started a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $60,000. The 21-year-old said he was applying for a loan from a lender approved by the US Small Business Association which requires a 10% down payment on the $600,000 he will need to borrow.
“Ever since I was a young boy, I grew up working bowling,” Mr Brown said, adding that his mother had worked there for 18 years. “When it closed in 2019 when the owner passed away, it really hit me and I really wanted to open it.”
As of midday, the crowdfunding page had raised $1,395. Mr Brown said he had also received check donations and had a few potential partners interested in joining.
Mr. Brown is completing a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Army which ends April 7, 2023. He is stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga. He has a plan to run the business while completing his final year of service, if he increases the deposit and obtains the loan.
“Basically the way I envision it right now is…once I secure the bowling alley, if I get the chance, I’ll start planning some time off dates to get back to New York. I will develop our overall plan as to what I want to change inside for the renovations and go ahead and contact local businesses to start the renovations,” he said.
He said his mother and a “possible silent partner” would be there “to make sure everything goes the way we want”.
He said if he fails to reopen bowling, donors will get their money back.
To contribute to the GoFundMe, visit wdt.me/noGMSC.