The Zone Bowling Centre in Richmond has re-opened their doors after settling a lengthy dispute with their landlords.
Richmond News said the B.C. Supreme Court forced the bowling alley and the a-joining River Brew Pub to close up shop, but they are back in business as of July 28 after reaching a settlement.
“Over the last few days we’ve been able to come to an arrangement with the tenant to avoid the landlord having to take possession of the property,” stated Scott MacDonald, the Richards Buell Sutton lawyer representing the landlord to Richmond News.
The Zone was often late in paying rent over the last 10 years said the Judge in the case, Justice Bowden. Some cheques were even returned to the bank.
The bowling alley was told to put their commitment to renewing their lease in writing by July of 2013, but failed to do so, resulting in negotiations dragging on for approximately another year.
In October of 2014, the landlord provided The Zone with a notice of lease termination and that they would have to leave by the end of November. The bowling alley took it to court, but the judge ruled in favour of the landlord in April of 2015.