Trampoline park, other tenants moving to Kmart’s former Iowa City location
Three businesses, including a trampoline park, will be taking over the space that was once occupied by Kmart in southern Iowa City.
A trampoline park called Planet 3 Extreme Air Park, nonprofit thrift store Crowded Closet and consignment store Stuff Etc. will move into the 25,000-square-foot building at 851 Highway 6 East, Iowa City.
F. Joe Hughes, director of real estate at SouthGate Companies, said in an email that the company has sold the property to GRD Pepperwood LLC earlier this week. Pepperwood then resold portions of the building to Crowded Closet and Stuff Etc. Most of the remaining space will be leased to Planet 3.
A Planet 3 news release stated that 15,000 square feet of interconnected, floor-level trampolines will move into the space.
Mo Haretuku, operations manager for Planet 3, said the venue will open around September or October. He added that the process of installing all the trampolines would take about six weeks.
Planet 3 will include a trampoline dodgeball stadium, a multilane “Ninja Warrior” course, foam pits, basketball-dunking centers and more. The release stated that every Friday and Saturday night the space turns into all-ages dance club of sorts with black lights and lasers.
Carey Miller, executive director of Crowded Closet, confirmed that the nonprofit thrift store would also be moving into the space sometime in early 2019.
Miller said the 40-year-old business had been discussing a move for several years to “increase our visibility,” attract more customers and add more space. The location ins the former Kmart will increase Crowded Closet’s space by roughly 60 percent.
The nonprofit, which is run by about five staff members and 250 volunteers, is currently at 1213 S. Gilbert St. Miller said the organization supports the Mennonite Central Committee, which supplies relief services and development programs around the world. Locally, Crowded Closet supports organizations including The Crisis Center of Johnson County, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and Shelter House.
Iowa City’s Stuff Etc. currently operates in Pepperwood Plaza, the same shopping center as the former Kmart.
A call to a Stuff Etc. representative was not immediately returned Friday.
Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen