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Avon Planning Commission approves Chester Road entertainment center


AVON — Land along Chester Road that was once trees and fields continues to be covered with pavement and big-box stores.

The Planning Commission approved plans Wednesday for a Main Event entertainment complex. The Texas-based company, which operates 30 businesses in 14 states, plans to build a 49,882-square-foot building with more than 350 parking spaces just east of Cabela’s.

Think of it as a Dave & Buster’s on steroids. The business will offer 22 bowling lanes, numerous billiards tables, laser tag, arcades, an elevated rope course above the main entertainment area, a bar, outdoor patio and restaurant.

A company representative wasn’t present at the planning meeting Wednesday, but an engineer for Bramhall Engineering, which is designing the facility, said Main Event will bring jobs.

The business will likely employ about 150 people, the engineer said, working four shifts at 38 per shift. It’s not clear how many of those jobs will be full- and part-time.

Planning coordinator Pam Fechter has said the Main Event would likely break ground this year, but not open until 2018.

The business will be open seven days a week, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. until midnight, and Friday through Monday with varying morning opening hours and closing times of 2 a.m.

Also on the same piece of property a 14,400-square-foot Duluth Trading Company, which sells men’s and women’s work clothing, was previously approved by the Planning Commission and will likely break ground this spring. The Texas-based clothing company has stores in 14 states, including one other proposed store in Ohio slated for West Chester.

Chester, Nagel and Jaycox roads are developing fast, with Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Rehab, University Hospitals Rehab and Cabela’s having recent openings. Several housing developments also are in the works. A Meijer grocery store is expected to open in 2018.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems also recently closed on a multimillion-dollar land deal on Chester Road, signaling a step forward in relocating the company’s world headquarters from Elyria to Avon.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

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