Spare Time is a family owned business. It is one of 16 family entertainment centers that Bowl New England, Inc. owns and operates throughout the Northeast and Southeast. They have been in business for 47 years. Dick Corley (owner and CEO of Bowl New England) erected the Colchester location in 1978, which is their only facility in Vermont. His son Tim (President of BNE); daughter Heather (VP of BNE) and brother Mike Corley (Secretary of BNE) all work together in the business.
The Spare Time Colchester team includes General Manager Rick Hubbart, Assistant General Manager James Tenda and Event Planner Jamie Polli.
On Dec. 5, after 454 days of construction, the addition at Spare Time — including a laser tag room was added along with an arcade and game room and redemption store — opened. The new space is just less than 10,000 square feet. Business was not affected prior to the completion of the project because the new structure was added to the existing building.
“The focus is on fun,” Provost said. “When people go out for a night of entertainment they can sit back, relax and enjoy everything Spare Time Entertainment has to offer; a sports bar, restaurant, huge game room with redemption store, laser tag and bowling.”
New additions include an upgraded restaurant menu in City Sports Grille.
“[The menu] is bigger and better and we’re now open for lunch, serving homemade soups along with daily specials,” Provost said. “Since we’ve opened the place feels like party central. The high-tech laser tag arena, heart-pounding music, fog, LED lighting and laser guns are totally cool and totally fun. The vibe from the customers has been remarkable and our staff is doing an amazing job as they continue to bring smiles to people’s faces and help create special memories.”