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Starlite Skate Center closes permanently

Starlite Skate Center at 301 SE 45th street has closed permanently after being shut down since March when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“We are sad to close our doors, it was a difficult decision,” said Melissa Kershner, spokesperson for Starlite Skate.  “Starlite has been a place for families and friends to enjoy their time together; many of us grew up skating here and have fond memories of Starlite.”

The Starlite Skate Center property has been sold to a local buyer who will be opening a business at the address after renovations occur.

“We are thankful to have found a buyer that will be opening another locally owned establishment on the south side of town,” said Kershner.

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While Starlite Skate Center is closing, they hope residents of Topeka continue to skate.

“We hope that you continue skating and support Sk8away located at 815 SW Fairlawn Road,” said Kershner.

Sk8away is currently open to the public and is working hard to be in compliance with all KDHE requirements regarding COVID-19. You can find their hours and pricing online at www.sk8away.net.

Starlite Skate Center has been owned by Loretta Long since 1991. Long plans to enjoy her retirement and hopes that when you see her out in the community, you continue to say hello as you always have.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

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