Growing Business With 814 Lanes and Games
Two years ago, Bobby Hogue and his brother were running an inflatable attractions rental company – now they’re expanding into a second location-based entertainment venue after their first was a wild success. We had the opportunity to sit down with Bobby and pick his brain on getting started in the attractions business, building event packages, being an active member of the industry, and the exciting challenges of growing into a new space.
Bobby’s advice for operators looking to get into the industry or expand their own business:
“One of the big things is knowing the industry; going to IAAPA, or Amusement 360, or Amusement Expo, Bowl Expo. We try to make sure that we’re in our industry and we know what’s going on. Having the ability to bring in the latest, greatest thing and to know what’s happening now. Then creating those partnerships with you guys [Creative Works], or other vendors and, you know, just picking their brains, visiting places, going a lot of different places, seeing what people have and what’s working and what’s not working. I think those are a good starting point.”
Bobby Hogue, Owner of 814 Lanes and Games
About 814 Lanes and Games
814 Lanes and Games is a family entertainment center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Renovated from an old bowling alley, the venue features impressive bowling lanes but so much more on top. They have laser tag, escape rooms, virtual reality, a full bar and grill, and more. Plus, they have a second location in Greensburg, Pennsylvania coming very soon which will propel their impressive success to new heights.