New business hopes to strike it big in old shopping center

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- It's a sound the 24 year-old Stratford Square shopping center has never heard.

But it's an activity and a destination Patricia Brown says are good for Montgomery.

"I think it's great. It's for everybody, the youth, the older people, the middle-aged. I'm very excited what they're bringing to the community. It's time for a change, for our family," says Brown.

A family affair--something managers at Ace Bowling Center say they want the center to be about.  And with the recent downturn of the economy, they're not worried about doing well.

"We don't feel that it's gonna affect us too much. Hopefully it'll benefit us a little bit with the opportunity for people to stay here in town and get their entertainment," says General Manager, Andrew Chatmon.

Not only is the new bowling center brining a much needed face-lift to Stratford Square, but nearby store owners say it may bring a big boost in business.

Les Durel is the owner of Elite Music--right next door to the new center.  He hopes the addition has a ripple effect.

"I think it's going to do great things, not only for this shopping center, but try to revitalize the whole Eastern Boulevard. We're pretty hyped up about it. We look forward to it bringing more traffic and improving our overall business," says Durel.

Patricia Brown says she'll spend some of her hard-earned cash here.

"Everything can take place in this one place, and that's what I'm excited about. And I will be coming back."

Coming back and spending money...something leaders hope will put Montgomery back in the black.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney