JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO — The vacant lot that formerly housed the Sears department store will now be transformed into an entertainment center at the Fort Steuben Mall.
The Ferguson Group announced the plans this morning. Cedar One Realty and mall representatives were also there.
Designs are in the works to turn more than 125,000 square feet into a restaurant, bar, arcade and more. Other attractions could include anything from go-karts to laser tag to an escape room.
The developers will be looking to the public for suggestions.
“We want this to be a community driver effort. We really want to hear from the people, what attractions do you want to have here, what do you want the name to be? And we’re going to have a competition for all those things, so you can have input for what it’s going to be,” said Ron Ferguson, marketing director for the Ferguson Group.
Community members may join a contest to name the place. You can find it here on their Facebook page.
The winner will get a $1,000 gift card to the entertainment center. It’s expected to create about 200 jobs. The opening is slated for the spring.