LEWISTON — Bowlers Justin and Samantha Juray are saving local bowling.

The Sabattus couple have bought Sparetime Recreation after owner Andy Couture announced earlier this month that he was finally closing the doors May 4. He’d had it for sale for nine years with no takers.

“They came forward the day I put the notice up,” said Couture, who said he fielded six or seven potentially interested callers after the news broke. “Everybody figured out that I was serious.”

Justin Juray said Monday that he and his wife had looked into buying a Brunswick bowling alley at one point but those numbers didn’t work. This time, they did.

The couple has bowled at the Mollison Way lanes for several years.

“Everything just seemed to fall into place,” he said.

Sparetime will still close May 4, now just temporarily, and reopen in late summer with a few changes and updates inside, Juray said.

“The support we’ve gotten from the community has been amazing, just random people that I’ve never met before reaching out and saying, ‘Thank you so much, so glad to hear that you’re keeping bowling alive in the Lewiston-Auburn area,'” he said. “It’s been nuts.”

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