USBC completes sale of Wisconsin property to Walmart By Mark Miller

    11/24/11

    Column

    Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Nov. 23, 2012)

    USBCLogow_small.jpgAfter more than a century in the community, bowling no longer has a national presence in the Milwaukee area.

    The United States Bowling Congress finally closed on the sale Tuesday to Walmart of its long-time home in Greendale, Wis., more than three years after moving to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

    Agreements between USBC and Walmart will not allow a purchase price to be announced at this time but Greendale Village Manager Todd Michaels stated the property for tax purposes was assessed this year at $4 million.

    "I am glad we were able to get the deal done, particularly since selling a commercial property is very challenging in this economy," said USBC Executive Director Stu Upson.

    Michaels said Walmart plans to demolish the former USBC headquarters and research and testing facility to make way for a 100,000-square-foot Walmart and 383-space parking lot in the back and middle of the property and two separate buildings for other retail businesses in the front.

    "It will be similar to a regular Walmart," Michaels said. "Take a super Walmart and shrink it by 50 percent. It will not be like the speciality shops we mostly have here. We're a retail destination so it fits."

    Greendale Building Inspector Scott Satula said he has received demolition and building plans from Walmart which are now in the middle of the approval process. He said once the demolition permit has been issued, Walmart may begin that process which the company told him it wants to accomplish by the end of December.

    Michaels said Walmart hopes to have the new store open in 2012.

    The property housed Bowling Headquarters from 1972 to its closing in December 2009. Originally owned by the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress, it later became home to the Young American Bowling Alliance, USA Bowling and Bowling Inc. which merged Jan. 1, 2005 to become USBC.

    Most USBC operations moved to Texas in November 2008 with the call center remaining open through 2009. The complex has been vacant since then.

    ABC first made the Milwaukee area home in 1907 when then-Executive Secretary-Treasurer Abe Langtry moved the organization's headquarters from Dayton, Ohio. It rented several other Milwaukee-area locations until WIBC agreed to move from Columbus, Ohio, and jointly purchase the Greendale property.