Closed retail store becoming bowling alley and sports bar.
The former Argyle Circuit City building at 6155 Youngerman Circle will become a Splitz bowling alley, a pending building permit shows.
Splitz says on its bowlsplitz.com site that it is a state-of-the-art entertainment facility that hosts bowling, laser tag, video arcade and a sports bar and grill.
The city is reviewing an application for Whitcraft Construction LLC to demolish the building interior in preparation for turning the location into Splitz.
The permit application shows a $100,000 demolition of 38,000 square feet of space for future renovation.
Splitz of Jacksonville LLC paid $3.5 million for the property Sept. 25, according to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.
The Gainesville-based company bought it from Circuitville LLC of Carle Place, New York. The Circuit City store closed in late 2008.
Property records show the building was developed on about 3 acres in 1985.
This summer, Gainesville investor Ley Burkett of Funworks Entertainment applied for a zoning exception and waiver to convert the closed and vacant Circuit City into a bowling alley and restaurant.
The exception and waiver are needed to serve beer and liquor for on-site consumption.
The documents said Burkett intended to “completely renovate the interior to a bowling alley, which will assist with the economic improvement of the existing development.”
“The Applicant fully expects league bowling, which is generally complemented with a sandwich shop and service of alcoholic beverages to patrons,” said the exception application.
Burkett could not be reached for comment.
Funworks operates Skate Stations in Mandarin, Orange Park and Gainesville and the Splitz Bowling Center in Gainesville, among other businesses, according to funworks.com.