The Fun Lab FEC to rise in Blaine, Minnesota

Venue with laser tag and virtual-reality games taking over portion of former Gander Mountain space

The Fun Lab, AR

A family entertainment center with attractions ranging from rope courses to virtual reality will open in a portion of the former Gander Mountain building in Blaine.

The Fun Lab is taking about 22,500 square feet of the building at 10650 Baltimore St., co-owner Jim Webber said. The venue, tailored for children aged 4 to 12 and their families, will have numerous attractions like bumper cars, a rope course, laser tag, climbing wall, virtual reality, mini bowling and 60 arcade games.

“The truth is that it was a little hard to find a location, just because of the size, and there weren’t a lot of vacancies,” Webber said. “It took almost two years.”

The Fun Lab also will have a casual restaurant serving brick-oven-cooked pizza, sandwiches and appetizers. And there will be beer and wine for adults.

The former Gander Mountain facility has about 66,000 square feet of space, which will likely be split between The Fun Lab and a couple of other tenants, Webber said.

Webber will co-own The Fun Lab with his wife, Marilyn Webber. They hope to have the business open by the late fall. Jim Webber previously managed eight Twin Cities Walgreens stores before deciding to start the new venture.

“We like the area and I think Blaine is going to be growing more than it is already,” he said.

The Fun Lab will employ 45 to 50 people and is projected to generate $3 million in annual sales, Webber said. Proposed hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Source: BizJournal

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