What's In Store

An escape room concept opens soon at Carolina Place Mall

Retailers display their sales signs in the window as holiday shoppers crowd Carolina Place Mall to find last minute sale deals in a December 2015 file photo.
Retailers display their sales signs in the window as holiday shoppers crowd Carolina Place Mall to find last minute sale deals in a December 2015 file photo. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

An escape room concept called Breakout is opening April 20 at Carolina Place Mall.

This will be location No. 42 for Breakout, which combines problem-solving and code-cracking in an hour-long experience in which participants have to “escape” a given scenario, like a kidnapping or a museum heist.

The 3,325 square-foot location at Carolina Place is between Sears and J.C. Penney, according to Will Sweet, a Breakout spokesman. The concept is “family friendly and great for company team building events,” he added.

Breakout combined two locations at the mall, said Kevin Berry, a spokesman for the estate investment firm General Growth Properties. One space was occupied by a portrait studio called Olan Mills, until October 2015. The other spot was on the exterior of the mall, and was vacant for at least six years before the Breakout deal, Berry said.

Breakout can accommodate seven to eight people in a room, and it costs $26 a person. Ahead of the opening, Breakout is offerings a 50 percent off deal through its website.

The new concept at Carolina Place has for escape rooms/themes: Kidnapping, Museum Heist, Operation: Casino and Hostage. Breakout will have continuously running game time slots from 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. On Sunday, it will be open from 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sweet said.

It’s not unusual to see mall’s getting creative with new, nontraditional tenants taking the place of brick-and-mortar stores that have closed. Dick’s Sporting Goods, for example, will take the place of Macy’s, which closed at Carolina Place earlier this year. At Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, the closures of traditional retailers like Sears and Hollister have opened up room for local small businesses, as well as event space.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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