Buffa Bowling, largest bowling distributor in Canada, acquires Maurice Boyer Pro Shop

    06/07/12

    Industry News

    Studio Buffa Training Center will close its doors

    2012MarkBuffaPascalLoyer.jpgFrank and Mark Buffa, President and VP of Buffa Bowling have informed their customers that the largest bowling distributor in Canada has acquired Maurice Boyer Pro Shop, which brings new dynamics and a wealth of additional expertise to the team.

    Pascal Loyer (pictured with Mark Buffa, right) joined the Buffa Bowling team as of June fourth and all products in stock at Maurice Boyer Pro Shop will be moved from their location in Lasalle to St-Leonard, Quebec.

    Once the transition is complete, Buffa Bowling will stock almost every brand in the bowling world, making it a one-stop shop for all bowling needs, from consumer products to lane maintenance needs with Kegel lane machines and supplies, as well as QubicaAMF Capital Equipment.

    Buffa Bowling will now become the official Canadian distributor for the following consumer product brands: Storm, Roto Grip, Ebonite, Hammer, Columbia 300, Track, Powerhouse, Robbys, Brunswick, DV8, 900 Global, AMF, BSI, East Coast, Master, Epco, Softroll, Aramith, 3G, Etonic, Brunswick and Storm shoes, Fana sublimated jerseys and EFX.

    Buffa Bowling will also become an official Brunswick Aftermarket Distributor for all pinsetter parts and lane maintenance supplies, so clients looking for original Brunswick pinsetter parts, maintenance products or an A22 lane machine will now be able to get them from Buffa Bowling.

    As always, Buffa Bowling is still the exclusive distributor for all Kegel and Polychem lane maintenance products and Kegel lane machines including Kegel's new line of pinsetter parts, which they will stock in the near future.

    Also, Buffa Bowling will be opening a new retail location at Centre de Quilles 440* in Laval. The new location is expected to open on August first and will serve as a retail location and as a distribution hub for all centers on the north shore of Montreal.

    2012StudioBuffaTrainingCenter.jpgThe objective is to hold as much stock as possible at this location, including tenpin and duckpin balls, bags, shoes and accessories. Parts and lane maintenance products can be pre-ordered and prepared for pickup at the new location upon request.

    On a sad note, Frank Buffa, one of the few USBC gold level coaches, announced that the Studio Buffa Training Center will officially close its doors.

    2012GoldCoachFrankBuffa.jpg"Due to all of the stock being moved to the St-Leonard location and the extra amount of space required to stock it, we had no choice but to close the training center in lieu of an expanded parts and maintenance division", Frank (pictured right) stated.

    "Demolition of the training center will commence in early June; however, if people still require coaching, we will be offering lessons with video analysis at Centre de Quilles 440 once the pro shop is opened.

    2012SilverCoachMark Buffa.jpgThe last addition to the new warehouse is a barcode inventory management system that will allow Buffa Bowling to identify their products and those of their suppliers. Effective this summer, Buffa Bowling will use a paperless approach to acquiring, receiving and invoicing all orders.

    "The goal is to increase efficiency and help us become more eco-friendly," said Mark Buffa (left), a Canadian national team member and USBC Silver coach. "The system took some time to implement due to the addition of barcodes for most of our products and the process of becoming familiar with the wireless handheld devices.

    "Buffa Bowling Inc. is looking forward to the new challenges, successes and friendships gained through this acquisition." Buffa Bowling will be sending the Expo Quilles schedule later this summer. They plan on making it the biggest trade show they have ever hosted, so the Buffas will be making changes to the current schedule to make sure it will be the best trade show in Canada. The Expo Quilles will be held August 18th at Complexe Volta, in Boucherville.