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Route 66 Landmark Sold

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime landmark bowling alley on old Route 66 in Oklahoma City has been sold and will be turned into a grocery store.

Jim Haynes, who owns 66 Bowl, says he first wanted to sell the business to another bowling alley. But instead he signed a deal Wednesday that will move the Spices of India grocery store from its current location into the building now used for bowling.

The bowling alley will close Sept. 3. It is famous for its neon sign of a giant bowling pin and ball standing along the old highway.

Mike Hickey, the president of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, says 66 Bowl has remained a popular attraction along what once was U.S. Highway 66.

Hickey says the decision to sell the bowling alley is "just economics."

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