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January 30, 2017

Lease terminated, Bealeton skating rink closes its doors

File Photos/Cassandra Brown
About 500 people showed up for the “last skate” Sunday afternoon.
The huge roller skate out front has served as an iconic landmark along Route 17 for almost four decades.
It has to be in Fauquier. This is my community. I do this for the children. I do this for the families. I was born and raised here. We don’t have anything for families.
— Lorrina Staton, The Big Skate owner
The Big Skate and Events Center
• Where: 12099 Marsh Road, Bealeton.

• Owner: Lorrina Staton

• Last skate: 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29.

• Founded: As Hugo’s Skateway by the late Hugo Stribling in 1978.

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Despite her best effort, the iconic skating rink near Bealeton shut its doors Sunday afternoon.

“It’s over,” The Big Skate and Events Center owner Lorrina Staton said Monday. “We had our last skate from 2 to 5.”

About 500 people attend the final session, said Mrs. Staton, who had a five-year agreement to rent the 14,00-square-building at 12099 Marsh Road from the adjacent Family Worship Center.

Without warning or cause, Family Worship Center Trustee Thomas B. Hugill terminated the lease, according to Mrs. Staton.

Mr. Hugill notified her through a certified letter about 3-1/2 weeks ago, she said.

“I cried” upon reading the letter, Mrs. Staton said. “I was angry. And then my husband basically handled things from there. I was beside myself.”

To her knowledge, she did nothing to violate the lease agreement.

“We offered more money” to remain “and that’s when (Mr. Hugill) said he would think about it,” said Mrs. Staton, who had paid $2,800 a month to lease the building.

But, Mr. Hugill ultimately did not reconsider, telling her he has “other uses” for the building, she said.

She has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, to vacate the building, Mrs. Staton said.

Mrs. Staton has hired a lawyer to determine whether she has legal grounds to challenge the lease termination.

Mr. Hugill did not return a phone call seeking comment for this article.

The skating rink structure and an adjacent 22,500-square-foot building stand on 26. 3 acres. In March 2011, Family Worship Center purchased the property for $2.3 million. The larger building gets used for church services.

The late Hugo Stribling in 1978 opened Hugo’s Skateway, which quickly became wildly popular.

From December 2009 until December 2015, Spotsylvania County residents Kathy and Terry Holloway operated Rollerworks in the leased space. 

Paying $100,000, Mrs. Staton last January bought the business from the Holloways and gave it a new name.

The purchase included roller skates, a snack bar table, cotton candy and popcorn machines, DJ equipment and the original Hugo’s Skateway starburst lights and vintage disco balls.

“I still owe $70,000 on it,” the former Rollerworks manager said.

With a $7 per person admission fee, Friday’s “Teen Jam Night” drew 200 to 300 people, she said. Sunday’s “Family Day” attracted up to 200 people, with each family paying a $10 admission fee.

“Overall, for the most part, business has been good,” Mrs. Staton said. “We do weddings, wedding receptions, parties, events.”

One way or another, Mrs. Staton wants to continue to operate The Big Skate in the county.

“It has to be in Fauquier,” said the 38-year-old Remington native and resident. “This is my community. I do this for the children. I do this for the families. I was born and raised here. We don’t have anything for families.”

One option could include building a new structure to house the business, Mrs. Staton said.

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cnbowles · February 1, 2017 at 7:00 am
And we give you the gift of bankruptcy! Sorry for your bad luck and have fun paying off those loans. Hypocrites. Perhaps some folks that actually understand what is written in that great book will step up and help this family. Put up a go fund me.
Tell It Like It Is · January 31, 2017 at 7:37 am
Damn shame cause there is absolutely nothing for young people to in this county. No wonder we have a drug problem.

Anyone going to this church with an once of moral standards needs to speak up.

It's not that this church's board has bigger pockets than heart, it that their hearts are a lot less warm than their flat out GREED!

Just goes to show you that "the almighty" is not really what you think when it comes to a dollar and that even some church's greed is blinded by such much more often than you might think!

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