Meet The Owner – Evergreen Lanes

May 21, 2022

Everett Economy

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Jason Hoff bought the business in 2017 and successfully steered it through the Pandemic.

Evergreen Lanes is located at 52nd and Claremont in central Everett,

There have been three families that have owned Evergreen Lanes in Everett, Washington. In 2017, Jason Hoff and his family became the third. Hoff, who managed Evergreen Lanes since 2013 purchased the business from Darrell Storkson, (who operated Evergreen Lanes from 1969 until 2017 and still owns the building).

“I love this business and have been involved in bowling since I was sixteen,” Hoff told us recently. “My path to ownership had a natural progression as Darrell, the previous owner was getting tired of the day to day but was not willing to destroy a piece of history for a dollar and wanted to see bowling continue in Everett.”

In fact Evergreen Lanes is the only bowling center operating in Everett. Years ago, Tyee Lanes in north Everett was sold to make way for the expansion of Everett Community College and Glacier lanes in south Everett shut down in August of 2020. The lanes there still exist but are not in use. The building and property are currently being used as a depot for an Amazon delivery partner.

Operating during the Pandemic was a challenge for Hoff as bowling centers were targeted by the State for shut down and operators had to battle to stay open with regulations that were vague and often changing.

“People were stressed,” said Hoff. “We had to provide for 45 employees and their families.” Hoff credited his employees for working through the tough times and coming back as things began to recover.

Hoff says business is good and with all the rain this spring they had trouble trying to find place to put all the people who wanted to bowl. Things are now settling down into a more normal seasonal pattern with spring and summer leagues just getting underway.

In addition to the lanes there’s a restaurant serving breakfast lunch and dinner, a lounge and a game room with billiards and an arcade. The restaurant has faced the same supply chain issues as others with food costs and availability of products at time presenting challenges. “Our customers are wonderful,” said Hoff. “They’re flexible and have shown us outstanding support.”

One thing you may not know about Evergreen Lanes is they have the second largest youth bowling program in the State of Washington.

“Youth bowling offers kids a chance to earn scholarships starting at a very young age,” Hoff told us. Recently two Snohomish County Youth Members, Elisabeth Olney and Seaira Fogg each took home $4000.00 scholarships from the Washington State Chapter of the United States Bowling Congress. If you have questions about youth programs you can contact Jason or speak with Jackie Martinez, Evergreen Lanes’ Youth Coordinator. The phone number for Evergreen Lanes is (425) 259-7206.

League bowling, open bowling, moonlight bowling, cosmic bowling, birthday bowling, if you’re looking to bowl in Everett, check out a great family owned business at 5111 Claremont Way or learn more online at the Evergreen Lanes website.



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