Vancouver Mall to remodel, new venues to open

Vancouver Mall announced an interior remodeling project Tuesday, as well as opening time frames for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant and a Round1 Bowling and Amusement venue.

Round1 is expected to open before the end of the year, according to the mall. The entertainment venue will occupy 48,300 square feet on the upper floor of the anchor tenant space that was formerly home to Sears. A Hobby Lobby craft supply store opened last month on the lower level.

Round One Entertainment is a California-based subsidiary of Japanese company Round One Corporation, which operates a chain of Round1 family entertainment centers that feature activities such as bowling, arcade games, karaoke and indoor playground areas, along with bar and dining services.

The brand opened its first U.S. location in 2010 and has expanded rapidly in the past decade. Its website lists more than 40 current U.S. locations across 24 states, with Vancouver Mall and several more listed as “coming soon” or “future location.”

A COVID-19 information page on the company’s website indicates that at least some Round1 locations were closed earlier in the pandemic, but have begun to reopen. The page lists social distancing measures that the company has enacted, such as closing some games, renting only every other bowling lane, and suspending party reservations indefinitely.

The new Chick-fil-A is currently being built out in the largest of three suites in a new satellite building at the southwest corner of the mall parking lot. The 5,050-square-foot space includes a drive-thru lane and window. It is expected to open in the winter, according to a press release from the mall.

“We are so proud to welcome both Round1 and Chick-fil-A to Vancouver Mall, both coveted brand names that our shoppers will absolutely embrace and enjoy,” mall General Manager Tracy Peters said in a statement.

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