Dearborn landmark Mercury Lanes closing after more than 70 years

Photo by Zeinab Najm After more than 70 years of serving the Dearborn community and visiting bowlers, Mercury Lanes will close permanently on June 27.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
After more than 70 years of serving the Dearborn community and visiting bowlers, Mercury Lanes will close permanently on June 27.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Bowlers have a few weeks to say their goodbyes to Mercury Lanes, 7630 Schaefer Road, which will be closing its doors on June 27.

In a Mercury Lanes Facebook post, the Hochstein, Gumtow and Nile families announced they will be closing the bowling alley after Ted Hochstein Sr. opened it in 1948.

“Always owned and operated by family, our success over the years would not have been possible without our many loyal customers, league bowlers and friends,” the post read. “Sadly all good things come to an end.”

Hochstein’s granddaughter Suzy Nile has been running the bowling alley with other family members following the death of her father.

“The Hochstein, Gumtow and Nile families would like to thank our many customers for doing business with us, sharing the good times and for the many great memories,” the Facebook post read.

She was approached by a real estate agent who made her and her husband an offer in May to purchase the building. The building will become a warehouse, but Nile said two operating lanes will remain for the new owners.

Nile said the decision was made to sell before the bowling alley went bankrupt and because she and her husband were discussing a semi-retirement from working.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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