Skate King History 101
Skate King was the brain child of Tom Sullivan. He wanted to have a chain of roller skating centers but couldn't do it alone. He came up with 3 other partners: Ancil Davis, Doug Measor, and Harry Davidson. The four of them found a builder in the Evans Company.
The first skating center was in Bellevue, Wa and opened the day after Thanksgiving in 1974. Skate King Burien opened in 1975 followed by Tacoma in 1976 and Totem Lake in 1977.
In 1979 the original four Skate King partners teamed up with the Evans Company and they built Skate King Kent in 1979 and in 1980 they opened two centers in eastern Washington-(Kennewick and Spokane).
Tom Sullivan's son, Jim was a big part of the success and driving force of Skate King as a working owner.
Of the 7 Skate Kings, only the original (Bellevue) is remaining. The others have been sold and have been put to use as indoor soccer, churches, offices, bingo halls, and restaurants with skating.
Bill Gates (Microsoft) had his 30th birthday at Bellevue Skate King!!