FOSTORIA, OH- Thibodeau Seneca Lanes has undergone many new renovations and will celebrate with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. The family fun center, located at 1090 U.S. 23, has added new signage and interior updates, improved machine operation, new ceilings and scoring monitors, big-screen TV’s and lane graphics. Traditional style leagues for seasoned bowlers will continue and more contemporary formats have been added for new bowlers.
Seneca Lanes has been managed by a member of the Thibodeau family for over 55 years. Herb Thibodeau was recruited by Don Carter Lanes, Inc. and moved from Portland, Maine to Fostoria, Ohio in 1962 to manage Seneca Lanes, formerly on Route 18 (Columbus Avenue). Bowling was so popular in the 60’s a larger bowling center was soon needed. Ground was broken in 1974 for the new center on U.S. 23. An additional 8 lanes were added to make a 24-lane bowling center. Seneca Lanes opened at the current address in 1976. Herb managed Seneca Lanes until 2014 when he fell ill. At that time, Cas Anez filled in as manager. Upon his death, Herb’s wife Jan Thibodeau took over management of the bowling center.
Jan and the Thibodeau family wish to continue the legacy of service to customers in a family atmosphere for which Herb was so well-known. The two Assistant Managers, Jen Anez and Paula Sander have been committed to the operation since the 70’s. This was made possible when the opportunity to buy out corporate partners was recently presented.
Herb was best known for his dedication to his customers. Friends and family have said, “Herb wrote the book on customer service.” This is the legacy the Thibodeau family will use as a cornerstone moving forward.
The Thibodeau Family is very excited about the initial investment made this summer. Herb was a firm believer in investing in Fostoria and keeping his money local. There are more investments and enhancements planned. The family invites the community to come out and see what’s new and happening and they welcome the opportunity to serve Fostoria and the surrounding communities in their premier entertainment center.
For more information email Sarah@FostoriaChamber.com .