A Warner Robins developer plans to open a 40,000 square foot, $4 million family fun center this spring.
Steve Rigby says his self-named "Rigby's" is a big investment in a tough economy, but he's developed a business plan he's confident will work.
A boom of people and developments in recent years along Highway 96, sealed Steve Rigby's decision to go for the development. It will be located between Highway 96 and Cohen Walker Drive.
He said, "This part of Warner Robins is the fastest growing part of Warner Robins there is."
The traffic count and a 247-page study by a Las Vegas gaming company convinced him the location is the right spot for the family entertainment center. It's on property adjacent to the Lenox Pointe Apartment complex, which Rigby also developed.
He said, "It's going to be a 40-mile radius of people coming in to support this. It's going to be successful. That's not even an option."
Rigby's business plan estimates children will spend an average of $12.50 cents each visit. Rigby said, "There's so many different activities here, that you won't ever get bored, because you can't do everything in one night.
In his one-acre building that he calls "a Dave & Buster's on steroids," Rigby's will offer a bowling alley, skating rink, food court, laser tag and maze, adult lounge, arcade and extras. He said, "We're going to have a cappuccino shop. Somebody said, 'What about a candy store?' So, we're going to have candy."
He firmly believes in his vision, saying it will be family- and budget-friendly close to home.
Rigby said, "They can come in their backyard and spend as little as $5 or as much as they want and have a full day of entertainment."
Rigby dreamed it all up, with inspiration from his own five children. He believes it will be a place most every kid and adult will want to play.
The fun center will have a lounge exclusively for adults, but alcohol will not be sold to keep it family-friendly.
Rigby plans to hire between 65 and 100 people by the time the fun center opens in April.
He says this is his first time trying this type of business venture. Rigby says for the past 30 years, he has primarily focused on building multi-family apartment buildings.
In November, Rigby ran for the Warner Robins City Council Post 2 seat, but did not win the election.