By Karen Daniels
If you’ve shopped recently at The Fountains by the Southwest Freeway, no doubt you’ve noticed a vacancy left by The Room Store and Saks Off 5th’s departure. At last week’s Stafford City Council meeting, representatives of Main Event Entertainment were there to request a Special Use Permit for their amusement arcade which will be built within these two spaces. Inside the 55,000 square foot area will be state-of-the-art open bowling lanes, laser tag, 115 arcade games, billiard tables, a gravity ropes course, two restaurants, party rooms, meeting rooms, and a full service bar. This family attraction can be used for birthday parties, corporate team-building events, lock-ins, summer camps, banquet space, or just a night out with family and friends.
Established in 1998, Main Event has 10 other locations in Texas, the closest one is in Webster. And while they have not announced an opening date, the first quarter of 2013 will most likely be the target after permits are pulled and construction is completed. Approximately 150 people will be hired to run this location, and though some positions will be offered to current employees, the interviews will begin one month prior to doors opening. Councilman Fred Woolridge asked that Main Event be sure and give notice to the students of Stafford High School when the interviewing process begins.
The entrance will be the old Room Store and the doors to the Off 5th store will be redesigned. Security and safety were discussed between Council and Main Event where it was explained that the front door would always be manned, security and off-duty police officers would be hired, and kids and parents would wear wrist bands.
The Fountains shopping center has seen its fair share of comings and goings of retailers. At this time the complex is approximately 75% full, largely in part to their visibility and close proximately to the Southwest Freeway. When the economy turned and Borders Books shut down, the Guitar Center opened it their place (though not utilizing the entire square footage). When Barry’s Pizza closed, Brewski’s opened in their place. All four restaurants on the water are the same as when they opened, proving that the Fountains is a great place for businesses. Mayor Scarcella commended Main Event on their location choice of Stafford and wished them much success.