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Indoor amusement park planned for Fayetteville

Epic Fun Park is scheduled to open in the former home to Omni Health & Fitness, a developer says


Fayetteville residents and visitors to the area appear to be on the verge of gaining another in-town destination for recreation – an indoor amusement park that plans to open over the summer.

Epic Fun Park is tentatively scheduled to open in June in the former home of Omni Health & Fitness at 1400 Walter Reed Road in the All American Crossing shopping center. That’s approximately one mile from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

“There’s a lot to do to get there,” Shelley Bhatia, a vice president of TradeMark Properties of Raleigh and a Fayetteville native, said of repurposing the property into an indoor park.

The park will operate from a roughly 41,000-square-foot facility in the shopping center that already includes Little Italy Pizzeria and Restaurant, Mikoto Express and 95 Vinyl of Fayetteville.

As of this week, no plans had been submitted to the city’s building inspections department regarding the park.

Should the park become a reality, it would join such other indoor recreational facilities in the area as arcades, trampoline parks, laser tag, ax throwing and escape rooms.

Bhatia, a real estate developer, said the owners have other amusement park locations in their portfolio, but this is the first under the Epic Fun Park name.

Those owners, who are said to be North Carolina-based, have asked Bhatia to maintain confidentiality about their identification and details on the first location at this time.

“They do have experience,” she said, “and they’ve been doing this for over 20 years. But they do not want to disclose the other operations at this time.”

Bhatia said she cannot divulge specific plans of what Epic Fun Park’s activities will be. “If you think about arcades, you think about inflatables, you think about trampolines – all sorts of things you can do in one community and bring it all under one roof. That’s essentially what this is going to be,” she said.

“I am not able to release specific plans on exactly what activities will be under a 41,000-(square-foot) roof,  but it will be a lot of activities for families to enjoy.”

Beer will be sold on-site, she said.

“From what the tenants have told me, it is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” Bhatia said. “It will definitely be a unique concept. The best way I can describe it is several different types of amusements: DEFYGravity (Fayetteville). Fun Fun Fun, that used to be there at the Omni amusement center. Chucky Cheese – all those different types of amusement centers under one roof.

"Spend a good time there. Have fun with the family. Maybe some team building for corporate parties and events," she said. "It’s going to be really good for Fayetteville. It’s going to add a lot.”

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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