Fears over bowling alley and gym firm

Mansfield Superbowl
Mansfield Superbowl

The company which owns the Mansfield Superbowl and the Oasis Health Club has gone into administrative receivership.

Accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were appointed to manage the affairs, business and property of Keith Brown Properties (Hull) Limited on June 10.

A statement on the websites of each venue said the businesses will operate as normal and opening hours will remain the same while a buyer is sought.

A worker at the Superbowl on Stockwell Gate, who preferred not to be named, said: “Everybody here has a postiive attitude. Profits are up this year by 50 per cent. Obviously we want to keep it running and profitable to protect our jobs. The only thing people are bothered about is negative press - because that can have an impact on business.

“Staff are looking at it in a positive way. If someone buys it they hope there will be a refurb of the Superbowl. It’s a nice way of looking at it.”

The Superbowl was opened in 1991 and employs around 20 people.

Suzanne Hughes,manager at Oasis, which opened in 2001 and employs 28 people, said: “A lot of staff have worked here since we opened and they are all really positive.”

Called in by the Yorkshire Bank to recover the money it is owed, the receivers will try to dispose of the assets either piecemeal or as part of the sale of the business as a going concern.

The company runs a portfolio of businesses, employing 250 people, including four Oasis health and fitness clubs, five Superbowl ten-pin bowling alleys and a budget hotel in Rotherham.

Lyn Vardy, joint administrative receiver at PwC said: “Across all areas of the business it is our intention to preserve and enhance value and look to preserve jobs. We will be pursuing a number of existing interests in addition to undertaking our own disposal programme.

“We are very keen to hear from anyone interested in acquiring all or some of the business and would encourage interested parties to contact us as soon as possible.”

Owner Keith Brown put the businesses up for sale last summer but none have yet been sold.