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West Chester site lands bowling entertainment center

October 1, 2015  |  Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment

Cincinnati Enquirer

A West Chester Township development has landed a fast-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center tenant.

Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment wants to open a new location at the Streets of West Chester development. Construction on its new building is expected to begin this fall, according to company officials.

The Streets of West Chester is a retail, restaurant and entertainment destination on the southeast corner of Interstate 75 and Union Centre Boulevard. Last year, the Streets of West Chester’s owner announced a plan to expand the site with additional tenants.

The site already features tenants including AMC West Chester 18, Barnes & Noble, Chico’s, Bravo! Cucina Italiana and P.F. Chang’s.

Main Event officials said they will bring the company’s “Eat.Bowl.Play.” experience to Greater Cincinnati as part of an expansion plan that involves four new states. The West Chester center is expected to be open by summer 2016.

“Main Event is growing at a rapid pace, and 2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year,” said CEO Charlie Keegan. “Not only will we open a record number of our centers, we will also double the number of states where we do business as we bring Main Event’s unique blend of active entertainment and upscale food and beverage options to new markets.

“Families and singles are looking for a new, highly interactive entertainment experience, and we believe this demand will only continue to grow,” said Keegan.

Main Event offers more than 20 bowling lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena and a gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery, which features more than 100 interactive and virtual games. The center also offers a range of food options including specialty pizzas and a full bar offering cocktails, wines and craft and local beers. Main Event also does catering for corporate and group events. Centers typically range between 48,000 square feet and 75,000 square feet.

Once the center is open, the venue could employ more than 100 people in a range of positions. Interested applicants will be able to apply for jobs at

Main Event currently operates 20 entertainment centers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia and Illinois.