Local skating rink listed for sale

Published 8:08 am Thursday, April 6, 2023

HOWARD TOWNSHIP — A local skating rink that has served as a source of entertainment for decades has been listed for sale.

Skate-A-Rama, 1010 Huntly Rd., was listed for sale Tuesday at a price of $329,000.

According to the listing, the 10,600 square-foot building was built in 1960 and has provided  generations of families the joy of skating. 

Dave and Barbara Soule have owned and operated Skate-A-Rama for 39 years. After nearly four decades of ownership, the couple is ready for their next chapter.

“The truth of the matter is that Father Time has caught up to us,” said Dave, who turns 74 this year. “We’ve tossed this around for a couple of years but now its just time. It’s time for us to retire and have some time for ourselves.”

The business, which will remain in operation until a buyer is found, is being offered as a turn key operation if the offer is agreeable. The listing says the sale of the business and property includes booked skate parties that extend into 2024. 

The Building itself is zoned Commercial-Light Industrial and offers other types of business possibilities as well. Per the listing, the open floor plan could be used for light manufacturing, storage, assembly, distribution and more.

While the Soules look forward to what lies ahead, they are forever appreciative of the community’s support and the lifelong friendships they’ve made along the way.

“We’ve had a lot of people come through our doors,” Dave said. “They’ve blessed us with our business; they’ve sent their kids and then their kids grow up and they have kids and send their kids. It’s a lot of repeat business for families and we’re just thankful we had that time and opportunity to be able to serve the community as long as we have, but it’s just time. We’ve always tried to give the kids a safe place to have fun and be with their friends and out of trouble. But Father Time’s running out. 

“I appreciate everyone who have come to our skating rink, the City of Niles and surrounding communities. We’re thankful for everything people have done for us along the way.”