LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The city's only roller center is set to close. Owners say money troubles had a heavy hand in the decision to shut down Great Skates Fun Center.
Great Skates, located at 135 S. Earl Avenue in Lafayette, was opened in 1999 by local businessman Don Stein. Stein helped fund and launch the business, which his family says donates every dollar of profit to the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club.
Stein says Great Skates saw a long run of financial success, serving more than 250,000 people. However, he said dwindling attendance in recent years caused revenues to drop. He says his family has been covering shortfalls.
"Since 2008, parents have had less disposable income for entertainment," Stein said.
Stein also blamed other businesses opening that offer children's parties. He said perhaps interest in skating has weakened, as well.
"Those combined factors contributed to Great Skates' inability to meet its expenses and the decision to close," he said.
The center will host its last skating session on Friday, May 31.
Fixtures and equipment at Great Skates will be sold at a June 20 auction to be overseen by Norton Auctioneers.
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