A Leavenworth roller skating center that has been in business for nearly one-half of a century is closing its doors.
Wheel Thing Skate Center will be open this weekend for several skating sessions. But it will close forever after Sunday’s afternoon skate.
“It has been a fun run,” said Kay Beaman, who has owned the business with her husband, Ron, since 1986. “We will miss everyone. We love our skating family. We have truly enjoyed it and love our clientele.”
Kay Beaman said business has been good at the skating center but “it’s time to retire.”
Kay Beaman said she and Ron tried but were unable to sell the property at 1719 Metropolitan Ave. to a buyer who would keep the facility as a skating center.
Instead, the facility has been purchased by a buyer who will repurpose the building into another business. She said the contract is pending.
Kay Beaman said the skating center, which originally opened in 1970, has numerous patrons who have been coming to the skating center for years.
“We have lots of second- and third-generation skaters,” Kay Beaman said.
The skating center has been open for private parties on weekdays and each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The skating center will host its final sessions this weekend. The center will be open from 7-10 p.m. Friday. There will be three sessions on Saturday, including 1-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday’s session will be from 2-4 p.m.
“We have mixed emotions,” Kay Beaman said. “But it’s time to retire and enjoy life.”