Cary Towne Center to open massive indoor play area in September
Posted January 20, 2014
Updated January 22, 2014
Cary Towne Center is in the midst of plans to make some major improvements to its indoor play area for children.
Plans call for demolishing about 7,000 square feet of shop space in the triangle-shaped section of shops close to Belk and the new Dave & Buster's restaurant, mall general manager Josh Harmon tells me. That work will make way for a 2,000-square-foot children's play area featuring those squishy play pieces that kids have come to know and love at at the region's malls.
Harmon said it will be the largest play area for mall owner CBL & Associates Properties. The company owns more than 100 malls across the country, including Cary Towne Center, Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, Renaissance Center in Durham and Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville.
The old play area next the carousel has been removed. The carousel will remain where it is.
"We recognize this is a family market," Harmon said. "There are a lot of young families here. A lot of moms looking for places to take their kids. We feel like it's a great way for us to continue to serve the community. It brings moms in, hopefully they'll do some shopping and have a fun place to play."
Harmon said he's still working out the details of the play area. Mall leaders right now are looking for a sponsor for the play area. The sponsor will be able to customize the play pieces to whatever their brand or mission is. A couple of potential sponsors are in the offing, but Harmon said he doesn't have anything official. The project was originally scheduled to start last year.
Demolition should begin in May, Harmon said. He anticipates an opening in September and promised to keep me in the loop.
"It's one of our biggest development projects we have going on this year," he said.