Preston bowling alley shuts down overnight after MFA Bowl enters administration

A bowling alley in Preston has closed down overnight after its owners entered into administration.

Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 9:58 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 3:02 pm
MFA Bowl in Greenbank Street, Preston has closed suddenly on Monday, February 25 after the company entered administration.

The sudden closure of MFA Bowl in Greenbank Street, Plungington has surprised staff as well as customers.

According to a 19-year-old employee, staff arrived at MFA Bowl at 10am on Monday to find out they no longer had their jobs.

A note pinned to the entrance of the bowling alley informed staff and customers that "this site is now closed for business".

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"We would like to thank our customers for all their support and apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause", reads the sign.

Bowling alleys in Blackpool and Burnley are owned by MFA Properties Ltd, which since 2010 has been a separate company to MFA Bowl Ltd, and has not been affected by the administration.

Both the Blackpool and Burnley alleys are remaining open.

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London-based Duff and Phelps has been appointed to handle the administration of MFA Bowl UK.

It said it had taken the decision to "mothball" six of its UK sites, including the Preston branch.

Philip Duffy, joint administrator, said: “Since appointment we have been trading the business as a going concern while in parallel we have marketed it for sale.

“While we have been unable to find a buyer for all 12 sites we are confident we have a buyer for part of the business.

“As a result it has become necessary to mothball a number of sites, which were closed.”

MFA Bowl has been approached for comment.