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About Bowlero Corp

About Bowlero Corp

  

 

 

 

Our Mission STATEMENT

"We strive to be a world-class provider of delightful guest experiences, and to provide a dynamic work environment where talented and ambitious associates will thrive."
OUR HISTORY
 
In 1997, entrepreneur Tom Shannon purchased the original Bowlmor Lanes and revolutionized the industry. His vision for upscale bowling and events turned Bowlmor into a Manhattan nightlife hotspot and catapulted it onto the national stage, resulting in new locations throughout the US.
 
In 2013, Bowlmor purchased AMF Bowling Centers. The deal rescued AMF from bankruptcy and expanded Bowlmor’s portfolio to hundreds of locations across America.
 
The next year, Bowlmor AMF launched Bowlero—a dynamic new brand that would take bowling to an entirely new level. The company made headlines again that year, acquiring Brunswick Corporation’s bowling center business and uniting two longtime industry rivals—AMF and Brunswick—for the first time in history.
 
In 2019, we made another big acquisition: the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). With our partners at FOX Sports, we’re reenergizing the PBA and bringing the sport to millions of fans.
 
Today, the company is now Bowlero Corp—a global media company and the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world. Our team is over 8,000 strong, our lanes number over 12,000, and more than 28 million guests visit our locations every single year.
 
Exceptional Service. Incredible Value. Limitless Potential. Powerful Results.
 
We are Bowlero Corporation.


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Where We Are

 

  

  

 

 

Our Timeline

AMF Founded (1900)

THE UNLIKELY BEGINNINGS OF AMERICAN BOWLING
Bowling’s biggest name gets its start in New Jersey as American Machine & Foundry (AMF), a machinery-producing subsidiary of the American Tobacco Company. At its start, AMF manufactures sorting, packaging, and weighing equipment.

Old AMF Logo
Old AMF Logo

AMF SPLITS FROM AMERICAN TOBACCO (1912)

AN INDEPENDENT AMF EMERGES
The newly independent AMF develops cigar-making machines and patents and leases the machinery, charging royalties, revolutionizing the industry, and establishing a business model that will resurface with the automatic pinsetter.

Vintage AMF Logo
Vintage AMF Logo

BOWLMOR BEGINS (1938)

BOWLMOR OPENS IN UNION SQUARE
The original Bowlmor Lanes opens in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Riding the wave of America’s “golden age of bowling,” Bowlmor plays host to some of the nation’s most prestigious tournaments and notable figures throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including President Richard Nixon.

Vintage Bowlero Poster
Vintage Bowlero Poster

AMF INTRODUCES AUTOMATIC PINSPOTTER (1946)

THE SPORT IS TRANSFORMED
After securing patents and developing prototypes, AMF unveils the first automatic pinsetter at the American Bowling Congress Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. It’s a watershed moment for bowling and for AMF.

Black and white image of pins
Black and white image of pins

TOM SHANNON PURCHASES BOWLMOR LANES (1997)

BOWLING IS REBORN
Tom Shannon acquires Bowlmor Lanes and turns the Union Square bowling alley into one of NYC’s most successful venues, transforming the bowling experience with blacklight lanes, video walls, and gourmet dining. Shannon’s upscale bowling model is a hit—and Bowlmor becomes a celebrity hotspot.

Bowlmor Union Square Image
Bowlmor Union Square Image

BOWLMOR ACQUIRES AMF (July 2013)

A NEW ERA IN BOWLING BEGINS
After opening an additional five highly successful venues throughout the U.S., Bowlmor purchases AMF Bowling Worldwide. The deal rescues AMF from bankruptcy and forms the world’s largest bowling entertainment company, with more than 270 centers and 7,500 employees in the U.S. and Mexico.

AMF exterior
AMF exterior

BOWLERO ARRIVES (MAY 2014)

A RETRO-COOL SPIN ON BOWLING
Bowlmor AMF opens the first Bowlero in The Woodlands, T.X. The quirky, edgy, retro-inspired bowling phenomenon combines blacklight lanes and arcade games with inventive eats and old-school décor. Debuting to rave reviews, the brand quickly expands in Texas, California, and select U.S. markets.

Bowlero Logo in Bowlero location
Bowlero Logo in Bowlero location

BOWLMOR AMF ACQUIRES BRUNSWICK BOWLING (SEPT 2014)

THE BIGGEST PLAYER GETS BIGGER
Bowlmor AMF acquires the Brunswick Corporation’s bowling centers business, expanding its North American presence, absorbing the only other major industry competitor, and ending a decades-long marketplace rivalry. 

Brunswick Center Entrance
Brunswick Center Entrance

BOWLMOR AMF AND ATAIROS JOIN FORCES (JUNE 2017)

NEW PARTNER; NEW POSSIBILITIES
Strategic investment firm Atairos strikes a deal with Bowlmor AMF and acquires a substantial ownership position in the company, focusing on long-term growth and continued expansion.

Atairos Logo
Atairos Logo

BOWLMOR AMF BECOMES BOWLERO CORP (JAN 2018)

THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS
Bowlmor AMF kicks off 2018 by adopting a new corporate identity, officially changing its name and brand to Bowlero Corporation.

Bowlero Corp Logo
Bowlero Corp Logo

BOWLERO CORP ACQUIRES THE PBA (SEPT 2019)

A NEW ERA IN PRO BOWLING
Bowlero Corp purchases the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and continues its multiyear television partnership with FOX Sports to bring bowling to millions of fans throughout the US and across the globe.

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