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Southgate Bowl to remain right where it is

The rumors have been circulating for months regarding the future of Southgate Bowl, one of Cloquet's primary entertainment venues. This week, owner Jerry Pollard set those rumors to rest. The popular local bowling establishment will be staying ex...

The rumors have been circulating for months regarding the future of Southgate Bowl, one of Cloquet's primary entertainment venues.

This week, owner Jerry Pollard set those rumors to rest. The popular local bowling establishment will be staying exactly where it is.

Pollard explained that extended negotiations with pharmacy giant Walgreens to buy the land on Doddridge Avenue where Southgate Bowl now stands fell apart in mid-February, just as he and his wife, Rose, were about to leave on vacation.

"It looked as though things were moving along pretty well," said Pollard, "but then the company decided they were not willing to pay the price I needed to get in order to rebuild the bowling alley somewhere else in town."

Therefore, Pollard said he's now made the decision to keep Southgate Bowl operating in its current location, though building tenants Denny's Studio and Southgate Pizza are continuing with their plans to relocate.

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Southgate Pizza has already secured a space in the new strip mall adjacent to Premiere Theatres, though Pollard said Denny's Studio has not yet secured new space.

In order to fill the void, Pollard said he plans to remodel and put in a restaurant in the space to be vacated by the pizza business and the photography studio, estimating work will begin on the project sometime next summer.

"This has been a great learning experience for me," admitted Pollard. "If I ever go through something like this again, I will certainly do things differently!"

Pine Journal Publisher/ reporter Wendy Johnson can be contacted at: wjohnson@pinejournal.com .

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