Banbury bowling alley shuts its doors

MFA is now closed
MFA is now closed

Banbury's only bowling alley is now 'closed for business' as parent company MFA Ltd goes into administration.

Rumours about the recreational facility's viability were raised several weeks ago as parent company MFA Bowl UK Ltd brought in administrators.

A big padlock keeps would be bowlers at bay

A big padlock keeps would be bowlers at bay

At that time several former and current employees had took to social media claiming unpaid wages and a company in disarray.
A Banbury Guardian reporter visited the George Street location to confirm the allegations but was told by one member of staff that 'everything is the same as normal.'

The only indication of the Banbury alley's closure is a note attached to the premises door. Both its Twitter and Facebook pages contain no additional information with the FB page's last post being on February 7.

No information on the number of job losses or the future of the Banbury alley are available at this time.

Philip Duffy and Allan Graham of London based Duff and Phelps were appointed Joint Administrators of MFA Bowl Limited on February 13.

The only information is this sign on the door

The only information is this sign on the door

In a statement Duff and Phelps said: "The Company is one of the UK’s leading indoor tenpin bowling centres with 12 sites throughout the UK many equipped with 18 lanes and automated scoring systems, arcade games including pool tables, and indoor play areas.

"As well as a destination for sports and bowling enthusiasts, the Company also caters for corporate events, birthday parties, disco parties, private functions, meetings and much more.

Philip Duffy, joint administrator, added: “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 this morning.”

Those sites now closed include: Banbury, Chatham, North Shields, Preston, Southend and Sunderland.

The following sites continue to trade as normal as the Joint Administrators continue to pursue a sale: Lewisham, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Scunthorpe Weymouth and Worcester.