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Chesterfield to get new entertainment center

Chesterfield is fast becoming a playground for the young at heart. In addition to the already established entertainment centers such as Sports Fusion, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, The Neutral Zone and Topgolf, Allegiant Nonstop has announced a new entertainment facility at the former site of Gander Mountain, 18491 Outlet Boulevard, in western Chesterfield Valley.

Shoppers wait in line outside the new Gander Mountain store in Chesterfield. [West Newsmagazine file photo]

Although plans are still in the early stages, features could include go-karts, hurricane and riot simulators, climbing walls, laser tag, arcade games and escape rooms. Allegiant Nonstop also hosts parties and events.

The airline carrier, which flies out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, purchased the property that has sat vacant since Gander closed in 2018.

While Allegiant Air began with a single airplane and route in 1999, it has grown into a diversified travel and leisure company. Allegiant Nonstop is a chain of family entertainment centers that, according to the company website, “bring thrills and adventure to hometowns across the country.”

Laser Tag

To date, there are family entertainment centers near Salt Lake City and Detroit. Chesterfield is set to be the company’s third site.

Although the company has yet to make a formal announcement about its Chesterfield location, the company inadvertently released the information on its quarterly earnings call on Jan. 29, said Hilarie Grey, managing director of corporate communications at Allegiant Travel Company.

During the call, Scott W. DeAngelo, chief marketing officer of Allegiant Travel Company, said that although two other sites were questionable, the Chesterfield location was on target to open sometime during the third quarter of this year.

Since then, word has spread. However, even though city officials are aware of the development, they have yet to see a plan, Justin Wyse, public works director, said.

Allegiant has branched out with other leisure products as well, including golf management and a resort property called Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida.

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