A business owner plans to open a new indoor trampoline fun center in Pineville, right down the street from an existing business with the same concept.Brian Spicker recently asked town council to allow him to locate a Sky Zone indoor trampoline park at the former PetSmart location, 10200 Centrum Parkway. The property is in the Office Commercial district, which had previously not allowed such a use. But with a unanimous vote in February, officials approved the business use. Now Spicker said he’s moving forward with plans for a spring opening of the center, which is within a mile of Sky High Sports, another indoor trampoline park.Spicker said he was drawn to the Pineville location because of its ceiling height and its location within a shopping center. It also has ample parking. He added that he’s not concerned about the proximity of a similar business. “In Pineville we have a good amount of commercial development, and we’re fortunate enough to have properties that fit the bill for both of these businesses, and apparently we have the population and demand to support both,” said Travis Morgan, planning director for the town. Spicker, a 44-year-old north Charlotte resident, said he first learned about Sky Zone indoor trampoline park when he was living in Atlanta and his niece had a birthday party at one. “I saw how much fun she was having and all the other kids were having, and so I went on the website and looked into franchise opportunities,” he said. Sky Zone, which started in 2004, now has more than 100 franchises across the country, Spicker said. Spicker, who previously owned a computer business in Atlanta, said his location will feature a foam pit, three lanes for Sky Slam (a basketball-like court), three dodgeball courts, one main court for open jumping, an elevated mezzanine for observation and three party rooms. Spicker said the lease for the building will start March 1. He expects to spend $1.5 million-$2 million upfitting the facility, which is more than 25,000 square feet.
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