Fort Smith will be the home of the state’s first 810 Billiards and Bowling franchise in early summer.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.,-based 810 Billiards and Bowling has just begun its franchising push with the Fort Smith location being one of its first non-corporate locations.
Erik and Deborah Covites decided to take the business — which meshes bowling, billiards, and a bar and grill — to Fort Smith after the couple sold their start-up printing business in Florida after 13 years in operation.
“Everybody is clamoring to get out of the house these days,” Covites said.
The couple has lived in Fort Smith for about four years and said they saw a need for the brand in the city, adding that they’re excited to start a business in town that offers fun and entertainment for adults, couples and families.
“It was time for us to do something new,” Erik Covites said in a recent interview. “We wanted to take…