Spot Lanes


Artistís conception of how Spot Lanes was designed to look after its 1963 remodeling.


HUNTINGTON ó Born in Leeper, Pennsylvania, in 1896, Walter Arnold came
to Huntington in 1918 after he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Over the years, Arnold had various business interests. He owned and operated the
 Arnold Delivery Service, a package delivery service for local retail merchants,
and at one time operated a garage and a dry cleaning business.

He first entered the bowling field in the late 1930s when he operated downtown's
 Arcade Lanes in partnership with Max Jeffers. He built the Spot Lanes
 bowling establishment at 2516 5th Ave. in 1940 and operated it for
20 years before selling it in 1960. He died April 10, 1963.

Later in 1963, Spot Lanes underwent a $100,000 remodeling project. The building
was given an entirely new front, highlighted by a massive section of
anodized aluminum screen. Inside, all 16 lanes were replaced.
 The contractor for the work was the R.W. Ashworth
 Construction Co. of Huntington.

For 14 years, Spot Lanes was leased and operated by the Greater
 Huntington Theater Corp., headed by Jack Hyman.

Spot Lanes closed July 1, 1972, and was converted into a retail furniture store.
Named Love Furniture, the store was owned and managed by Roger Gross,
 the owner of a downtown ladies clothing store. Again,
 the building underwent extensive remodeling.

In the years since, the building has been occupied by a number of different businesses.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on March. 11, 2019.


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