BRUNSWICK – The owners of Scene 75 Entertainment Center announced this week they are in the process of purchasing the Brunswick Market Center Plaza at 3688 Center Road and that the real estate transaction will be finalized this week.
Jonah Sandler, CEO of Scene 75, based in Cincinnati, said the company has agreed to purchase the plaza from IRC Retailers, located in Chicago, at a cost of $10 million.
As part of the transaction, the plaza’s largest tenant, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, is expected to close in the next several weeks, at which time Scene 75 plans to open its third family entertainment center in the 80,000-square-foot storefront.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods has operated in the Brunswick location since 2007, and currently has a lease that is set to expire in mid-2018. According to Deb Wilcox, the company spokesperson for Buehler’s, IRC Retailers asked the supermarket to leave the building before the term expires prior to the sale of the center.
City officials say the grocery store has been experiencing financial difficulties for some time now, pointing out that Colliers International, a commercial real estate company, had an available sublease listed for the 80,000-square-foot Buehler’s within the 120,000-square-foot shopping center for more than six months.
“We are considering all options at this time,” Wilcox said earlier this month, noting that the company was undecided at that time as to whether it will lease other space in the city.
Officials for Buehler’s, which operates 13 other stores in Ohio, also declined to comment on the Brunswick store’s financials.
In terms of relocating or setting a closing date, no plans for Buehler’s in Brunswick have been finalized. However, Sandler says he plans to open Scene 75 by the end of the first quarter in 2017.
The other tenants in the plaza, which include Anytime Fitness, Barany Jewelers, Best Cuts, Edible Arrangements, Hallmark, Jimmy John’s, Pizza Hut, Royal Nail Spa, Sally Beauty Supply, Title Loans, T-Mobile, UPS Store and the Winking Lizard, are not expected to be affected by the decision to open Scene 75.
Once improvements are made to the Buehler’s storefront, Sandler said the company will have invested $15 to $20 million into its new Brunswick location.
Scene 75 currently operates two other entertainment centers, one in Dayton and another in Cincinnati. Like the other two locations, the Brunswick Scene 75 is expected to feature arcade games, indoor miniature golf, indoor electric go-carts, laser tag, bumper tag, 4-D simulators and more.
The business will also have a restaurant, snack bar, two full-service bars and a private party rooms, Sandler said.