“Community Capital’s technical assistance is helping me understand each line of business so I can offer a product mix that will be profitable, help me manage my cash flow and raise the level of entertainment value for all of my customers. ”
Robert Quinn Jr, Owner
Support Provided: Small business loan, Technical Assistance scholarship
Impact: 9 Full-time and 16 part-time jobs created or retained, urban neighborhood revitalization
The Quinn Family has been a part of the Middletown community for over 40 years. Not only is it home, the Quinn’s have owned and operated a 30,000 square foot bowling facility in the downtown area that has provided multiple generations with entertainment value. Robert Quinn, Jr. recalls “My dad purchased Quinnz Pinz in the early 70’s. Over the years the business had ups and downs but for the last decade it’s been in my head to transform it into a real entertainment center– a place that goes beyond just bowling for league players and casual users alike.” With this vision in mind, in 2015 Robert Jr. gave up his finance job, returned to his hometown and took over the helm. His first move was to invest in new bowling lanes, redesign the bar and eating areas and add an electronic arcade.
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These investments were funded through personal savings and high interest loans. But Quinn was also collaborating with the Middletown Business Improvement District who ultimately connected him to Community Capital. “Quinnz Pinz faced limited competition, was cash flow positive and had the potential to be part of a larger community revitalization effort” notes Kim Jacobs, Executive Director at Community Capital. A small business loan was approved to fund building improvements and an educational scholarship is also helping Quinn work with an industry consultant to develop strategies for each line of business including bowling leagues, birthday and corporate events, school outings and a full sports bar and restaurant.
16-19 Railroad Ave.