GREENVILLE – The Recreation Center is the next major part of the mixed-use development near Pelham Road and Interstate 85.
main activities Will open this summer at Garlington North – a development planned for restaurants, hotels, industry and entertainment. The Texas-based company will offer bowling, laser tag, virtual reality games, food and beverages at its Greenville County location.
Main Event, which was acquired by Dave and Buster’s in 2022 and currently operates 56 centers across the country, will open July 12 at 225 Entertainment Blvd.
Currently, the center joins another recreational tenant – the driving range top golfand a local healthcare company that will be building in one of the development’s three industrial buildings.
However, more hotels and industrial users are in the pipeline for the more than 50-acre development, including an indoor shooting range.
From July 14-16, the Main Event will feature a series of grand opening events.
The first 200 people in line on July 14 will win a year of free laser tag at the Greenville location. On July 15, the center’s local charity, Pendleton Place, an organization that provides emergency shelter for children placed in foster care, will donate $10 for each strike at the center. The weekend ends on July 16 with the Super Fun Sundae Challenge, an ice cream giveaway where participating families eat an entire sundae in five minutes.
“We look forward to Main Event being the premier entertainment venue in town and entertaining family and friends in the community,” a spokesperson said. “Whether it’s through state-of-the-art bowling, laser tag, arcade games, or dining at the Family Kitchen, everyone can create fun and lasting memories.”
The center is hiring 175 people to fill roles such as servers, bartenders, caterers, line chefs, game and bowling servers.
The Garlington North development has also attracted Blackstone Shooting Sports, an indoor shooting range. It’s in the middle of the licensing phase.
“We’ve been actively working on our licensing program over the past few weeks,” said company principal Taylor Hayden. “We hope it will be under review by the end of this month, and if that happens, that should put us on track to open next spring.”
Hayden added that groundbreaking should happen by late summer.
Blackstone Shooting Sports originated in Charlotte in 2016 to make the sport more accessible to those unfamiliar with firearms. The 15,000-square-foot space next to Topgolf will have 20 shooting lanes spanning two bays. The company offers instructional classes for shooters of all levels and has a gun store that sells firearms and ammunition.
The development is also expected to see the expansion of Greenville-based Diversified Healthcare within a few years. The holding company includes four entities: Premier Medical Laboratory Services, medical manufacturer CPT Medical, supplier Vessel Medical and software company OnGen.
In February 2022, the company announced it would be moving into a 136,000-square-foot building at 315 Tanner Price Way to launch another product line. It leases one of three proposed industrial buildings on the property. The $51 million investment will create 185 new jobs. The expansion is expected to be completed by 2025.
Shopping center group partner Andy Misiaveg said his group is in talks with some other hotel companies to fill some of the remaining sites. He hopes to make more announcements “probably in late summer or early fall.”
On the industrial front, Colliers’ Dillon Swayngim said the remaining two speculative industrial buildings were nearing completion and should be delivered in the first or second quarter of next year.
The lease for Building B is currently being finalized and the tenants will be announced soon, Swayngim said. Building C is still available.
RealtyLink is the developer of the property and The Shopping Center Group is helping with the leasing of potential tenants on the hotel side.
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