Sint-Niklaas. Last night, the new Wima branch on Plezantsstraat in Sint-Niklaas was opened with a real opening ceremony, amid great interest. The ceremony was the final part of a real three-day event, where our employees, members of the Board of Directors of Sint-Niklaas Sports Clubs and then co-workers were allowed to attend the ribbon cutting. A bar designed by the manager’s grandson, Johnny Krenz.
Earlier this year, brothers Johnny and Paul Krenz took over the management of the bowling palace at Plesantstraat 264. After the branch in Schell, it is the second branch of Bowlingpaleis to reach the brothers’ hands. When asked if they also had plans to seize the third site, they diplomatically replied: “That’s enough for now.” It also became clear during the opening remarks that Wima Bowling is a family business. The building design was drawn by Johnny’s daughter, and the opening strip by his grandson. This ribbon contains the keywords that Wema represents: strike, celebrate, spare, and have fun. Economics Chancellor Ennie Somers was allowed to cut it.
Employees are also part of the family, so to speak. That is why they were received on the first opening evening. “It’s no coincidence that employees get their turn first,” says Johnny. “They are the foundation of our experience enterprise. Our employees, of which we are talking about twelve permanent employees and thirty flexible workers, should enjoy working here and we are ready to do something for that.”
The building in Pleasant has been treated from sewer to roof. There is a comfortable lounge, bowling chairs with a refined atmosphere, a very practical bar to work in and of course the restaurant with a completely central buffet according to the famous Wima concept. Obviously, bowling takes up a lot of space, but the new Wima is more than just bowling. “In addition to recreational activities such as bowling, golf, ax throwing and karaoke, we especially want to offer a high-quality, affordable culinary experience,” say the Krenz brothers. “There is also space for combining events with breakfast meetings or get-togethers.” Customers can enjoy all kinds of cooking styles at a price of €49.50.
The Wima branch on Grote Markt has been renamed with a new name “Fun Factory”. “Our customers are still welcome to bowl and play in the various arcades, but anyone who wants to enjoy bowling and food should go to Wima Plezantsstraat,” says Johnny Krigens. (MP, Photos: © Waskrant)
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