FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Officials with Allegiant Air announced they have halted their plans to create an entertainment center in Fort Wayne. A few neighbors said they are disappointed after learning about the news.
The announcement was made on Thursday.
Officials with Allegiant Air said they had purchased the former Marsh supermarket on Maplecrest Road in Fort Wayne last year. Officials said they purchased the land with the intentions of developing it as a “G4CE” (or “G-Force”) family fun center.
The name of the Allegiant-owned entertainment center chain changed into “Allegiant Nonstop.” Two sites have recently opened up in Utah and Michigan.
While the company still owns the Maplecrest Road property, there will be no construction work any time soon.
Officials with Allegiant sent ABC21 the following statement:
“When we acquired a building in Fort Wayne last year, we considered adding it to our family entertainment center pilot program, Allegiant Nonstop (formerly G4CE). However, with the program still in the pilot phase, we have decided to focus on other markets at this time.”
ABC21 spoke with a few people nearby to get their thoughts about the move.
“I was excited. It was going to give Fort Wayne more things to do,” said Zak McLaughlin, a gym member said. “Fort Wayne’s trying to grow, and I was really excited about Fort Wayne growing in that aspect.”
A few business owners said the entertainment center was a selling point when they opened their business in the same plaza.
The owner of Iron Society Strength & Fitness gym said there are not too many businesses nearby, and he wants to see the area grow.
“A lot of great people live here, and I would like to see more businesses move into this area,” said Lonnie Whitlock, owner of Iron Society Strength & Fitness.
However, some people are wondering what will happen next.
“It makes me nervous what may go in there,” Whitlock said. “What if nothing goes in there? What if it sits empty for another 5, 10, 15 years? Then what?”