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Deadline for Wamesit Scholarship Challenge is March 15

Wamesit Lanes is excited to offer a fun scholarship challenge to all Tewksbury High Seniors. We invite all College-bound seniors from Tewksbury Memorial High School to participate in our unique Application process.

All qualified participants will receive a $50 Value Arcade Game Card to our 5,000 sq. ft. Redemption Arcade. Test your skills on ROI (Return on Investment) Time Management, Risk & Reward, Communication Budgeting, Analytics, Strategy & Competitive advantages

Participants will use this Arcade Game Card to play their choice of Arcade Games, with the ultimate goal of achieving the highest number of points. The Card MUST be used in its entirety, on the same day. The top 10 Scores will then be given a question for a short essay, and the Scholarship Committee will then select 3 as the recipients of Wamesit Lanes Scholarships.

Don’t Wait! The Deadline to submit your application is March 15, 2017.

Download the application for complete details.


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Wamesit Honored as Best New Center

Wamesit receives Honorable Mention for Best Center in the 32nd Annual Architecture and Design Awards.

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CASSIDY SWANSON REPORTED in the Lowell Sun that Wamesit Lanes, our other honoree for “Best Exterior,” features “a stone detailing, reclaimed wood beams, and a replica of the Pow-Wow Oak tree that once stood in Lowell’s Belvidere neighborhood, which is believed to have served as a meeting place for the Wamesit Native American tribe and a milepost for American Revolutionary War soldiers.” Boasting 45,000 square feet and 60 patio seats, 82 TVs, an arcade packed with 59 games, five golf simulators and a mix of regular and candlepin bowling, Wamesit Lanes is bound to be a milepost for patrons far and wide. Manufacturer highlights: Brunswick Pro Lane; Brunswick Center Stage furniture, Sync scoring system and GS-X pinsetters.






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The Success Of Wamesit Lanes Is Rooted In Family Values

October 25, 2016, Your Tewksbury Today

In early 2014, Don MacLaren Sr. approached Tewksbury officials with a plan — a vision, really.
He and his partners wanted to replace a controversial eyesore along Main Street with a unique business that would serve as a centerpiece for a revitalized Route 38 corridor and a gateway to the community that paid homage to Tewksbury’s proud heritage.
Two-and-a-half years later, MacLaren admits to being overwhelmed at the rapid growth and success of Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.
“It’s far exceeded my (expectations), far exceeded it,” said MacLaren. “Obviously we wouldn’t have done what we did if we didn’t think it was going to be successful. We sacrificed everything to make this work. At times, it’s overwhelming what we’ve done in such a short amount of time. We’re one of the top-rated facilities in the country in a little less than a year’s time.”
With state-of-the-art candlepin and 10-pin bowling, golf simulators, an arcade, snack bar, private function room with private bowling lanes, and the award-winning Firewater Grille sports bar and restaurant, Wamesit Lanes quickly established a reputation as being far more than “a bowling alley.”
And then, as the warmer weather kicked in, guests were treated to the outdoor patio venue, complete with fire pits, bocce courts and cornhole.
 On Nov. 9, Wamesit Lanes will celebrate their 1-year anniversary with a day-long celebration, featuring door prizes, special guests and free bowling throughout the day. The event is being billed as a “Thank You to the community for their incredible support.”
MacLaren is quick to credit his management and ownership team for Wamesit’s success in the first year. Partner Steve Bourgeois oversees the day-to-day operations and Loretta Ryan joined the team shortly after the facility opened, as a sales and marketing dynamo.

But the lynchpin of the team is co-owner Don MacLaren Jr., who has worked should-to-shoulder with his father on Wamesit Lanes, from the moment of conception. For this father and son tandem, Wamesit Lanes is far more than a business and its success goes far beyond the bottom line.
“My thing was I wanted to do something with my son, it was my only driving force,” said Don Sr. “I wanted him to have the same opportunities i had. I this situation, I get to watch my son grow, as a man. And in a year, I’ve seen that ten-fold.”
Don Jr. had worked with his father at the family welding company for several years. But he recognizes that Wamesit Lanes presents a unique opportunity to build a family legacy.
“I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to do something like this with my father,” he said. Him, being a very unselfish person, he’s lined this up for me, for us, for our family to be successful. I don’t take it for granted one single second. I’ve put more time and effort into this than i ever put into anything. I’m grateful and I thank him for the opportunity.”
Don Jr. has grown into the face of Wamesit Lanes, traveling the country to talk with various organizations about the business model the MacLarens have developed. At the same time, he is looking to the future and mapping out plans to grow the company and improve customer experience.
“It’s nice to build something and have the community come to support it. We haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we want to do. We’re excited about what’s about to come down the pipeline,” said Don Jr.
Among the plans for 2017  — Free valet parking on weekends and New England’s 1st PBA Tour event in more than 30 years.
As a father-son team, there is nothing more important to the MacLaren’s than family. And it’s that sense of family that they have tried to instill in their team of 152 employees. The message is simple — pay attention to detail and never forget how important you are to the overall success of the team and your individual co-workers.
“(Wamesit Lanes) was built by a family, for families, and we try to build that culture in here,” said Don Jr. “I think these employees feel that, that we care about them and they are willing to go that little extra. We have a lot of drive from our management and from our staff to see this place be successful.”
“We’ve been very blessed,” said Don Sr. “We’ve hired some great people from Day 1. We have a good nucleus of people that work very well together.”
It’s no accident that customer service, cleanliness and friendliness have become the trademarks of Wamesit Lanes. They are priorities the MacLaren’s have stressed from Day 1.
“The things people take for granted, we pay attention to,” said Don Sr. “”Nobody takes that extra time, nobody makes sure their bathrooms are spotless. We do.
“We wanted to build something no one had ever seen. There’s nothing like this anywhere. And we wanted the town to be proud of us. The town bent over backwards for us and we wanted to build something they could be proud of.”
Mission accomplished.

See: http://www.yourtewksburytoday.com/2016/10/25/125376/for-the-maclarens-the-success-of-wamesit-lanes-is-rooted-in-family-values


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Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment One Year Celebration

  wl-one-year-for-lisa-website NOVEMBER 9th, 2016

                     The ONLY Luxury Candlepin and Ten Pin Facility in the WORLD!

Currently nominated for several Industry Awards including: Exterior Architectural Award.


Tewksbury, MA: Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center would like to THANK YOU

for making us the Merrimack Valley’s #1 destination for fun and entertainment!

Wednesday November 9th join us for ALL DAY FREE BOWLING and entertainment!

ENTER TO WIN: Door Prizes and FREE BOWLING FOR A YEAR! in our drawings.

Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center is Merrimack Valley’s newest and largest Entertainment complex featuring family-friendly, high quality, year-round entertainment for thousands of area residents from children to senior citizens.

With Team-building/competitive activities, Wamesit Lanes is the perfect venue for Corporate Events.

We offer League bowling, Hi-Def, Full-Swing golf simulators, Function Rooms for both Corporate   and Private Events, Birthday parties, Redemption Arcade and so much more!

Wamesit Lanes Award-Winning Fire Water Tavern: With several Culinary Awards in our first year,
we invite you to enjoy contemporary, upscale American cuisine in the restaurant and bar are
or enjoy dining along with Bocce or Cornhole on our amazing outdoor patio!

Our Customers, our Community: Wamesit Lanes is proud to support local schools, charitable organizations, Youth programs and community Events.

           Don Sr. and Don Jr. MacLaren, are Tewksbury natives with previous local business experience…
and true to their support of the local Community; 90% of Wamesit employees reside in Tewksbury!


We appreciate the support of our Customers, Staff and the many that helped us achieve this milestone:

 Our First Year in Business: 11/9/16

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Wamesit Lanes to brighten town’s ‘gateway’

By Chelsea Feinstein, cfeinstein@lowellsun.com

TEWKSBURY — A landmark in Tewksbury came down last fall, as the much-maligned Motel Caswell was demolished to make way for a new bowling and entertainment complex.

Wamesit Lanes, set to open this summer in an area considered a gateway to town, may be a harbinger of things to come in Tewksbury.

The property’s new owners and town officials say the new business could be an economic jump-start for Route 38, spurring growth and providing a model for how to bring successful development to the main thoroughfare.

“What the town lacks is something for somebody to do,” said Don MacLaren Jr., who bought the property for $2.1 million and is building Wamesit Lanes along with his father, Don MacLaren Sr., for a total of $12.4 million.

“We had a great opportunity to work with the town and the Caswells to bring something that is going to make a staple in this gateway to Tewksbury, and provide a lot of other opportunities for businesses to come in and join that gateway, and for other residents and surrounding people to spend their dollars here in Tewksbury and build the economic growth it really needs.”

Wamesit Lanes will feature 10-pin and candlepin bowling, an arcade, golf simulators, a bocce-ball course, a restaurant and lounge, and an outdoor dining area with fire pits in a more than 45,000-square-foot facility. It’s expected to employ up to 120 people.

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Jim Campanini: Rte. 38 ‘reinvention’ unites community

By: Jim Campanini

It’s great to see the town of Tewksbury making a big economic-development push along the Route 38 corridor that stretches from Lowell to Wilmington. The town, in conjunction with The Sun, published a special supplement on Friday, Jan. 23, outlining infrastructure improvements and “reinvention” ideas for what Town Manager Richard Montouri calls “our main street.”

A project of this size and scope unites a community and serves as a blueprint for the future. Just like the Boston 2024 bid for the Summer Olympic Games, where infrastructure improvements are vital to the state whether the games come here or not, Tewksbury officials are making a bold bid to change the Route 38 landscape for the better — even if some of the proposals don’t get off the ground.

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A New Beginning



Plans are underway to turn property that holds a longstanding Tewksbury motel into a bowling alley and family entertainment center.

Donald MacLaren and his son, Donny MacLaren, held a meeting with the press and town officials at the Pike House on Tuesday, May 27, to announce they had entered into a purchase agreement to buy the Motel Caswell at 450 Main St. The pair plan to convert it into a bowling alley and family entertainment center. The motel is owned by Russ Caswell.

The MacLarens were joined by Steve Bourgeois, who is working with them in sales and business development. Also at the meeting were Town Manager Richard Montuori and Steve Sadwick, Tewksbury’s director of community development.

Content By: Richard Hosford | Wicked Local Tewksbury


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Motel Caswell to become Wamesit Lanes Sale price set at $2.1 million


TEWKSBURY – A team of local businessmen announced Tuesday they reached an agreement to purchase the Motel Caswell property for $2.1 million and develop a multi-million dollar family entertainment complex on the 4.3 acre site near Route 495.

Donald MacLaren, his son Donny, and Steve Bourgeois appeared with Town Manager Richard Montuori and Director of Community Development Steve Sadwick at the Pike House to announce the venture.

Content By: Jayne W. Miller | News Editor | Tewksbury Town Crier


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In Tewksbury, it’s so long Caswell, Hello Wamesit Lanes!


TEWKSBURY — Guests staying at the Motel Caswell will pack their bags for the last time at the end of this month, when the Route 38 staple closes its doors after 59 years in the Caswell family.

The motel will close at noon on Monday, Aug. 25, according to owner Russ Caswell.

The motel is expected to be demolished in late August or September to make way for a new entertainment complex, owned and operated by Tewksbury residents.

“We’re looking for it to be a New England destination,” said Don MacLaren Jr., who is in the process of buying the 4.5-acre property with his father, Don MacLaren Sr. The sale has not been finalized, pending approval of the demolition permit.

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