TUPELO • Rebelanes will live on.
In business since 1958, the bowling center was sold at auction on Thursday, but the new owner is keeping it open.
Event Zona, which opened two years ago on Moncrief Drive off North Gloster Street near the Walmart Supercenter, are the new owners.
A spokesman for Event Zona said the business was looking to retain some of the current Rebelanes staff.
The new owners hope to have it open tonight.
The former owners posted on the Rebelanes Facebook page Thursday, “We are deeply saddened to report that Rebelanes was sold at auction yesterday and has ceased operation. Since moving to Tupelo in 1999 Rebelanes and bowling has been the life of the Hartigan family. Our family loved promoting and educating people in bowling and providing affordable family entertainment. We are proud of all we accomplished here in Tupelo through bowling. Many thanks to all who supported us over the years. We appreciate each and everyone of our customers – to the Hartigans you were family. We are sorry it has come to an end.”
The 23,000-square-foot venue has 22 bowling lanes, game room, concessions, a network for professional bowling leagues and a pro shop.
The center was opened by Herb Wall, an uncle to Lisa Hartigan. He retired and sold Rebelanes to Hartigan and her husband Kevin in 1999.
Kevin Hartigan, who died in July 2017, was a high school bowling pioneer.
“He was one of the founding fathers of high school bowling,” said Rickey Neaves, the associate director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association shortly after Hartigan’s death. “He was the leader, the one who pushed to make bowling a sport in the state’s high schools.”