Fort Myers entertainment complex to feature bowling, laser tag, ropes
It's not your father's bowling alley and it may be unlike any bowling center you've ever seen.
HeadPinz Fort Myers, under construction on the west side of Treeline Avenue near the airport, is expected to open in mid-June.
The 50,000-square-foot center is much more of a multi-use entertainment attraction than what keglers at other Southwest Florida bowling locations have experienced.
That's because this location will feature a two-story laser tag arena, a suspended aerial ropes course and an area featuring more than 40 top arcade games.
"There's nothing like it in Florida," said Mike Cannington, director of operations for Bowland Centers. "You have to go to Atlanta or Dallas (or another major city) to find a building that has all these pieces."
Oh, and there's bowling too. The center will have 28 lanes — 16 in a traditional setting, eight in a boutique area with its own bar and four "old time" lanes with pin setting by hand and a vintage look.
There will also be an indoor/outdoor lounge, conference, meeting and party rooms. Beyond that will be Nemo's Sports Bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a full bar and large-screen TVs.
"We're testing lamb chops and ribeye steaks," Cannington said. "This is going to be so far apart from what a traditional bowling center brings to mind. The area is ready for it."
Sound like fun? Cannington hopes at least 125 people find it a fun place to work too.
Positions include management, food and beverage (cooks, prep, bartenders, servers), game zone attendants, bowling center customer service, event sales staff and mechanics.
The first of three job fairs will be Saturday, but don't worry if you can't make it because there will be two more. The next one is Monday, April 27, and the last one will be Saturday, May 9.
Wages will "run the gamut," depending on the role and level of responsibility, Cannington said, with some starting at minimum age and others paying substantially more.
The plan is to first get the management team solidified. Once that is determined, those managers will have a say in who joins their team.
"We have so many jobs and ample opportunity for moving up as well," Cannington said.
This will be the seventh Southwest Florida location in the Bowland Centers family. There are two in Naples and two in Cape Coral as well as one each in Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte.
Gary Tasman, founder and executive director of Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida, said it's interesting to see how that area is starting to develop.
HeadPinz is "leveraging a destination location against a large concentration of traffic that's going to be generated in that immediate area by what's there already," he said, noting its proximity to Gulf Coast Town Center, FGCU, Miromar Outlets and the airport, as well as family-filled communities including Gateway and San Carlos Park.
The location near the interstate will also allow it to draw from much farther, he said, likely from as far away as North Naples to the south.
"I think it's very feasible to expect additional entertainment and retail uses along Treeline in that area," Tasman said, likening the center to the popular Dave & Buster's concept. "I think (the Bowland people) were brilliant to be pioneers to go into that area to build that kind of facility. Word will get out quickly. It will be very well received."
What: HeadPinz Fort Myers job fairs
When: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, April 27, from 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport & Town Center, across from Gulf Coast Town Center, for all three
Requests: Bring a resume and dress nice
Want to be a step ahead? Before going to the job fair, go to headpinz.com and click on the "Join Our Team!" tab to apply. The process should take less than 10 minutes.
For more information: Call Mike Cannington at 947-2111.
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