Fate of Scunthorpe bowling alley revealed after MFA Bowl UK goes into administration

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Mar 2019

Administrators of a collapsed firm which owned bowling centres including one in Scunthorpe have completed a deal to save nine sites across the country.

MFA Bowl UK suddenly closed some of its centres last week after falling into administration, including facilities in Southend and Preston, although its Scunthorpe Bowl remained open for business.

Now, a Midlands-based nightclub and bar group has announced it has acquired nine centres following a deal with administrators Duff and Phelps, including the one on Warren Road.

It means the Scunthorpe site can continue to trade under the new Disco Bowl Limited venture.

Group managing director Pete Terry said: "Its no secret that we had been looking at the MFA Bowl UK estate before they fell into administration, but we felt that the problems of the previous company were too great to overcome.

Nine MFA Bowl UK centres have been saved after the business was placed into administration (Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)

"Our new company can operate with a clean sheet and looks forward to investing heavily in these nine sites once we have agreed long term deals with the landlords. I'm pleased to announce that all previous bookings will be honoured in full. 

"We look forward to making Scunthorpe Bowl a fabulous family destination ready for the summer season and adding to the appeal of this popular facility."

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Leila Lusby, general manager at Scunthorpe Bowl, said: "We can see a big ambition to grow the business, but a need for capital to facilitate it.

"By working with Pete and his team we'll be able to make this possible with growth on finance.

"There's a positive outlook for the years ahead and it's a great start to the year for the company."

The Scunthorpe Bowl is among the centres acquired by Disco Bowl (Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)

Disco Bars, the group behind the new venture, operates six venues in the Midlands and the north including the KIKI Manchester and the Society, Bamboogy and Manhattans brands in Ashby de la Zouch, Leek, Uttoxeter, Bolton and Wigan.

The nine MFA Bowl UK centres acquired in the deal are in Nottingham, Southend, Chatham, Lewisham, Weymouth, Nuneaton, Scunthorpe, Sunderland and Worcester.

Phil Duffy, joint administrator at Duff and Phelps, said: "This is tremendous news for the staff and loyal customers of MFA Bowl (UK) Limited and we are delighted to have saved some of the most iconic bowling alleys in the South East at Southend, as well as sites in the North West and North East."

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