Entertainment center to open next month; 60 jobs possible
A 36-lane bowling alley near Mesa Mall is quickly transforming into a family fun center featuring arcade games, laser tag, pool tables, a restaurant, and a roller skating rink, reportedly the only indoor rink between Denver and Salt Lake City.
And yes, patrons will still be able to roll on six lanes at the newly remodeled “boutique” bowling alley, according to Lexi Russell, spokeswoman for the new Spin City facility.
Instead of leagues, bowlers at Spin City can expect to enjoy disco, glow-in-the-dark or any number of themed bowling events as just one part of a broader entertainment experience, Russell said.
“Spin City’s mission is to provide the community with a new way to get active and have fun no matter what size the party,” she said.
The center is on track for a September grand opening, Russell said.
The former GJ Scores bowling alley north of Mesa Mall sold to Family Entertainment Holdings in May for $1.85 million, Grand Junction area Realtor Mandy Rush said. The 48,500-square-foot center, located at 2445 F 3/8 Road, closed in 2011.
With only seven commercial building permits pulled in Mesa County so far this year, the renovations at Spin City are providing a number of much-needed construction jobs.
In addition, the center plans to hire as many as 60 people, about 30 full-time. Applications will be accepted starting Aug. 19, Spin City owner Jon Labrum said.
Cameras were not allowed inside during construction, but the view through an open double door revealed big improvements under way, all part of Labrum’s ambitious plan for the property.
Labrum said he and his investors will succeed where the former entertainment center failed because Spin City will offer a variety of entertainment options.
“(GJ Scores) was too big, too fancy,” Labrum said. “Also, bowling is on the decline. We’re going to offer a handful of things for people to do.”
Labrum said he wants to re-create the same thrill he experienced as a teen by providing local kids with a place to have fun in a safe environment.
“I remember the first time I went to a skating rink,” Labrum said. “I knew how to skate, but I was too nervous. It was kind of dark and it was really the first time I was around girls without parents around. I’m so excited to bring that type of good, clean fun to local kids.”
Labrum started his first business, ProVelocity Computers, an information technology manager for small businesses, when he was about 15 years old. Because of that experience, he plans to hire a number of responsible teens to work at Spin City, but that’s not all. He also expects to mentor students who take part in the upcoming Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
He is also working with Mesa County Partners, a nonprofit group that helps young people become independent and productive members of society, to devise fun and interesting after-school programs, Russell said.
Labrum said he is one of several investors, all of them friends, that make up Family Entertainment Holdings. A young man with a variety of enterprises already under his control, Labrum said he decided to add Spin City to his diverse portfolio earlier this year.
Owner of ProVelocity Computers, as well as Crestone Aviation, an aircraft management firm, and two Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches restaurants, Labrum has built a reputation for hard work, reliability and attention to detail.
“If I say I’m going to do something, I do it,” he said.
Spin City’s chief competitor in the area, Bananas Fun Park, welcomed the new addition to the Grand Junction entertainment scene.
“Competition is what makes the world go round,” Bananas general manager of operations Rick Belden said. “So we just try to make sure we’re doing everything right and keep people happy and good luck to them.”