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March 11, 2024

Arcade chain founded in Japan opens 60K-sq.-ft. entertainment venue at CT mall

Contributed Round1 Bowling & Arcade opened at the Danbury Fair Mall over the weekend.

As malls continue to expand beyond retail, the Danbury Fair Mall has filled a 60,000-square-foot space with an arcade chain founded in Japan.

Round1 Bowling & Arcade has more than 100 locations in Japan and a growing presence in the United States. It is the entertainment complex’s first location in Connecticut.

The venue features spark bowling, a large selection of games, karaoke and billiards, along with a restaurant that serves pizza, burgers, snacks and drinks – including seasonal beers.

Round1 replaces Forever 21 on the first level of the mall. It’s situated between Macy’s and a soon-to-be Target store, which will replace the old Sears.

Round1’s grand opening was Saturday, March 9.

Round1, which has been rapidly expanding in the U.S., also has locations in Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, California and in several other states.

Round1 is owned by Round One Entertainment Inc., which has its U.S. headquarters in Brea, California. The company has 2,466 employees, according to its website.

Danbury Fair Mall has been exploring other non-retail uses to fill vacancies, including potential apartments in the former Lord & Taylor anchor store.

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