Supporting a “Buycott” for North Bend Lanes
REEDSPORT, OR. – Duane “Boomer” Wright, candidate for House District 9, is calling for answers about the re-opening of bowling centers. There has yet to be a clear answer on the exclusion of bowling centers from reopening. Prior to the COVID-19 government shutdown there were 62 bowling centers in the state of Oregon, most of them small family businesses. At least 2 bowling centers have closed permanently since the shutdown so far.
“I find it troubling that bowling centers still don’t have guidance or a date for opening,” said Boomer. “Some are barely hanging on. Most are small family run operations in rural communities. I believe business owners can and will run their businesses safely if given the opportunity and clear instructions. We need to allow our businesses to reopen so they and their employees can survive.”
Boomer Wright is urging people to join him for a “Buycott” for North Bend Lanes. A “Buycott” is the act of providing business for an establishment. The “Buycott” will be on Saturday, May 30th. Boomer is encouraging people to buy an hour of bowling for when the bowling center is open again. Additionally, The Back Alley Pub and Grill (1225 Virginia Ave, North Bend), which is connected to North Bend Lanes, is open for dine in and takeout.
“As someone who helped write the State of Oregon’s plan for bowling allies to reopen, it is extremely frustrating to have a last-minute change that prevents me from operating my business and bringing back laid off employees,” said Mark Mattecheck, owner of North Bend Lanes. “The plan is written and until recently it was part of Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening plan. It includes closing half our lanes and thorough cleaning protocols for everything from bowling balls to shoes. It makes no sense that Oregonians are now allowed to visit my restaurant but can’t bowl in the same building.”
“I want to support my coastal small businesses however I can,” continued Boomer. “North Bend Lanes has been family owned for 64 years. They helped write the plan for the State of Oregon on how to re-open bowling allies. 1 lane off, 1 on, cleaning balls, shoes and keyboards, and still no answer from our Governor. Please join me in supporting our local bowling centers.”
Boomer lives in Reedsport with his wife Susan who is a registered nurse. House District 9 encompasses the communities of Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Reedsport, Dunes City, Florence, Mapleton, Triangle Lake, and Yachats.