Bowling center getting overhaul under new management

Waccamaw Bowling Center is getting its first major overhaul in more than 20 years with new management at the helm.

The center, at 101 Gray Drive in Myrtle Beach off U.S. 501 across from Fantasy Harbour, is back in the hands of the Zavakos family, who plan to spend between $350,000 and $400,000 sprucing up the more than 30-year-old property with everything from new lanes to more outside lighting.

“I’m very jazzed about the opportunities for the center. It’s given a lot of love over the years, and now it needs to be given some love back with these renovations,” said Ted Zavakos, the current proprietor and general manager.

Zavakos took over the business on Nov. 1, but the family’s ties to the bowling center date back even further. The family owned it in the 1990s, but sold it to Larry Nowak in the late 1990s. Nowak had been running it since; he sold the center back to the Zavakos family during the recession, but leased the property and continued running it until giving up the lease Nov. 1, Zavakos said.