CANNONSBURG, Ky. — Inside three weeks of taking possession of the previous KYOVA Tri-State Mall property alongside U.S. 60 in Cannonsburg close to Ashland in japanese Kentucky, Camp Touchdown Leisure District opened a newly transformed cinema.
“We needed to be very aggressive and needed to make an announcement with this $200,000 transform for the cinema,” stated Jason Camp, president and CEO of Camp Touchdown Leisure District. “We needed to indicate that we’re doing precisely what we stated we had been going to do.”
Camp and fellow co-owners, together with Boyd County Fiscal Court docket, are remodeling 500,000 sq. ft of indoor house that was dwelling to a mall into an leisure complicated that may also have a brand new lodge and conference heart. It’s positioned about an hour and half from Williamson.
Camp is utilizing his sports activities background to create one thing you often see in bigger cities.
“I used to be in sports activities for 17 years,” he stated. “I labored in Main League Baseball, the NFL and the NHL. I’ve additionally run tournaments and concert events.”
Camp stated after he retired from the sports activities aspect of his enterprise profession, he opened his personal restaurant and an occasion agency.
“I began producing neighborhood occasions in Southwest Florida,” he stated. “I’m initially from Miami, Florida, and was residing in Naples for 13 years earlier than I moved to the Ashland space with my household.”
Camp stated he acquired a name to return to have a look at opening an institution to feed development staff for the Braidy Industries’ proposed mill undertaking on the EastPark Industrial Middle in Ashland.
“My spouse, youngsters and I simply fell in love with the neighborhood,” he stated. “We made the transfer, however the Braidy undertaking by no means occurred, so we opened our Smokin’ J’s restaurant and began in search of different alternatives.”
Camp stated he acquired the concept to construct a sports activities complicated about two years in the past.
“I assumed there was actually a scarcity of sports activities amenities right here for the neighborhood, and even now it’s onerous to get basketball or volleyball house and locations for our youngsters to follow and play,” he stated. “Since that was my preliminary background I needed to do one thing like I’ve seen in bigger cities proper right here within the Ashland space. I seemed for 2 years to search out the precise place.”
Camp stated Boyd County officers stored mentioning the previous KYOVA Mall website.
“I instructed them I didn’t need to purchase a lifeless mall,” he stated. “However, one morning I awoke and thought perhaps this can be a good match. It’s positioned close to Interstate 64 and in a excessive visitors space and has loads of house.”
Camp Touchdown Leisure District is repurposing an previous mall into one thing households from throughout the area can take pleasure in, in addition to attracting plenty of out of city guests to the world, Camp stated.
“We’re repurposing it into one thing completely completely different,” he stated. “It will likely be a real leisure district with a movie show, bars and eating places, reside leisure and music, a sports activities complicated and different household enjoyable locations and actions.”
The newly renovated cinema is open, in addition to an artwork stroll showcasing native expertise. Additionally, Malibu Jack’s not too long ago opened in what was Elder-Beerman and is continuous to construct out extra within the mall space with a brand new bowling alley, interactive go-cart monitor, mini golf course, carnival fashion rides, arcade video games, laser tag, cabaña areas for events and extra.
“Individuals are so excited to have one thing like this regionally,” stated Mark Ogden, who’s on the enlargement group with Malibu Jack’s. “Malibu Jack’s is geared towards household leisure and household enjoyable collectively. In case you go searching you see youngsters of all ages having enjoyable with their mothers and dads. We now have created an setting for households to really feel protected and have a good time.”
Ogden stated a bounce space isn’t full and there are nonetheless different enjoyable issues coming throughout the subsequent few weeks.
“The bowling alley may also be accomplished quickly,” he stated.
Missy Bowen of Wayne, W.Va., introduced her husband and two younger sons take a look at the brand new Malibu Jack’s final Tuesday.
“This place is wonderful,” Bowen stated. “There’s actually nothing like this wherever round this area. We went to the one in Lexington (Kentucky), however this one seems even greater. We’re excited to have this so near dwelling.”
Camp stated Smokin J’s Rib & Brewhouse is a barbecue and ribeye restaurant that can relocate contained in the restaurant house that was beforehand Callihan’s. He hopes will probably be open by February.
“We now have skilled such development at our location in Boyd County that it simply is smart to maneuver right into a a lot bigger house to accommodate that development,” Camp stated. “We will likely be bringing the identical nice style that our clients count on however including some new flavors as properly. We consider that is going to be an excellent marriage right here at Camp Touchdown, giving our patrons the choice of seeing a film earlier than or after dinner and all the opposite sights right here on the leisure district. We couldn’t be happier to have Malibu Jack’s as our new neighbor.”
Camp stated the present Smokin’ J’s location will likely be open every single day till the week of relocation.
Additionally, Yard Pizza & Uncooked Bar, which has a location in downtown Huntington, introduced it can construct a second location at Camp Touchdown within the former RJ Kahunas’ house. House owners Drew and Megan Hetzer stated they’re thrilled concerning the enlargement.
“The house is an ideal spot for Yard,” Drew Hetzer stated. “We now have a big buyer base from this space that involves eat at our Huntington location.”
“It will carry us nearer to them and provides us patio house for out of doors eating,” Megan Hetzer stated.
Drew Hetzer stated they’ll give the house a serious overhaul and transform that he says lives up the usual set by his different institutions.
“You may count on the wood-fired gourmand pizzas to be hitting tables someday within the early spring,” he stated.
Guests to Camp Touchdown may also discover a newly paved car parking zone and different enhancements.
In the meantime, Boyd County is shifting ahead with plans of a conference heart and farmers market. It will likely be housed in what was beforehand a division retailer.
“It’ll be round 80,000 sq. ft. We’re at the moment engaged on finalizing the ground plan for the ability itself. We’re gonna begin work right here within the subsequent couple weeks portray, after which the bid will likely be out and development will begin throughout the first quarter of 2022,” stated Eric Chaney, Boyd County choose government, “There’ll be a lodge that’s on the property connected to the conference heart and a 120,000-square foot sports activities complicated connected to the bottom. So that is actually going to create a wholly new setting for Boyd County.”
Officers say the Camp Touchdown Leisure District isn’t solely offering tons of of jobs, however it can even have a huge impact on the area’s financial system.
“Each customer goes to be between $100 and $200 influence that involves Camp Touchdown,” Camp stated. “This place goes to have an enormous financial influence on this area.”
Camp added that his group has had present conversations with round 20 new potential tenants in simply the final month and will likely be making one other main announcement quickly.
“I can’t announce it but, however I can promise it’s going to be huge and thrilling,” he stated.
Camp harassed that Camp Touchdown Leisure District isn’t a mall.
“We’re not within the mall enterprise,” Camp stated. “We’re not in competitors with the Ashland mall or the Huntington Mall. You’ll by no means discover a Hole right here. The one retail one can find right here will likely be sure area of interest companies or native specialty companies which can be completely different and slot in our leisure district idea. Individuals are coming right here for date night time or spending good household time. We’re proud of our first steps right here within the first 5 months and are excited to see what occurs within the subsequent couple of years.”
For now, Smokin J’s and Yard Pizza be a part of Malibu Jack’s, The Cinema at Camp Touchdown, Boyd County Conference Middle, Sports activities Plex, Farmer’s Market and a number of other different sights coming to the Camp Touchdown Leisure District, Camp added.
For extra details about Camp Touchdown Leisure District, go to camplanding.com. For extra details about Malibu Jack’s go to malibujacks.web.