South County Center mall as seen in summer 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.
A 50,000-square-foot bowling alley, karaoke and arcade entertainment complex is coming to South County Center mall.
CBL Properties announced Tuesday it is opening two locations of Round1 Bowling & Amusement, a Japan-based amusement chain, at South County Center and at Northwoods Mall in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Round1 opened its first American location in California in 2010 and offers a bowling alley, an arcade, karaoke, billiards, food and drinks.
The South County location of Round1 will be the first in Missouri. Construction is set to start later this year.
“We are excited to open stores at Northwoods Mall and South County Center. These locations will be the first in each state,” Round1 Executive Vice President Shane Kaji said in a news release. “We hope to bring our unparalleled family entertainment experience to the community and will strive to provide unforgettable service to all customers.”
The redevelopment plans are still being finalized, and so the company is not yet releasing whether the entertainment center will be located inside the mall or outside, a spokesperson said. The announcement specifically stated that the Charleston location will reuse “reconfigured small shop space,” but it does not say the same about the South County mall.
“The addition of Round1 will position both Northwoods Mall and South County Center as premier entertainment destinations for our customers in these markets and will draw visitors from the surrounding regions,” said CBL Properties CEO Stephen Lebovitz. “In the first quarter of 2019, 80 percent of our new leasing was with non-apparel tenants such as Round1, demonstrating our success in diversifying our tenant mix and bringing our vision of transforming our properties into suburban town centers to life.”
Round1 originated in 1980 and, with the support from fans and customers, has successfully grown into more than 100 locations in Japan. Its first overseas expansion targeted the United States as the company opened up its first U.S. store in Industry, California, in August 2010.
Round1 is a multi-entertainment activity complex company that offers bowling, an arcade, karaoke, billiards, food and drinks.