Upscale bowling and entertainment center hopes to locate at former Hoover Whole Foods

(810 Billiards & Bowling)

Local businessman Shafiq Samji has secured a letter of intent to open Alabama’s first 810 Billiards & Bowling—a Myrtle Beach based entertainment restaurant concept—at the former Whole Foods location in Hoover.

No stranger to the entertainment business, Samji and his partners opened the Altitude trampoline park in Pelham back in 2019. Recently, they secured tax abatements to build a 60,000 entertainment fun center in Moody.

High End Bowling

In an interview with Bham Now, Samji told us the Whole Foods location is approximately 50,000 square feet. He also described 810 Billiards & Bowling as “high end bowling—not like your typical bowling alley at all.”

“This concept is pretty unique, with a great restaurant and multiple attractions.”

The site will have the following:

  • Sports bar
  • Gaming stations
  • Classic bowling area
  • Board games
  • And billiard tables, of course!

Samji hopes to open up to eight  810 Billiards & Bowling locations in the region.

His group expects to work closely with the city of Hoover on any possible zoning matters that may arise concerning the Whole Foods site, which has been closed since March, 2020.

Whole Foods
Crowds in line for Whole Foods opening, Hoover. in 2017 (Whole Foods Hoover FaceBook).

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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