Houlton man who lost business to COVID is adding petrol to general store

HODGDON, Maine — A Houlton entrepreneur who saw COVID-19 put a crippling end to his bowling alley business found new opportunities with a general store — including the only gas station on a 40-mile stretch.

Geno and Laura Seiders purchased Hill-Top Lanes, the only bowling alley in southern Aroostook County, in December 2018. Business was good for a year and a half.

In fact, business was so good that the couple was able to open a redemption center and later a grocery store on the 53 Calais Road property next to the bowling alley. But when COVID-19 hit, the couple had to close the bowling alley and couldn’t justify reopening the recreation center.

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