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A New Family Entertainment Venue Is Coming to Covington

The building that once used to be Rouses will now be redeveloped as a fun, family entertainment venue. The center will be two venues including a trampoline park and a swim school. The businesses are expected to draw in patrons from a sixty-mile radius.

The Rouses, which closed last month, is a 58,000-square-foot building located at 50 Park Place and sits next to Home Depot. Gulf State Real Estate and Construction Services purchased the building making it a multi-million-dollar acquisition. The company will handle the construction of the two venues that have been in the works for five years. Rouses came to the company and asked them if they would like to do a project in one of the sites that they wanted to exit. Gulf State Real Estate and Construction Services built several of the Louisiana grocery store chain’s locations.

Mike Saucier of Gulf State Real Estate and Construction Services, says the plan is to start the redevelopment project at the beginning of 2023. They will break up the space into two spaces, one for Urban Air which will be 48,000 square feet and one for Goldfish Swim School which will be 10,000 square feet.

Goldfish Swim School teaches swimming and water safety for infants to 12-year-olds and this will be their first Louisiana location. The goal is to open the swim school in the summer. This location will hold a 3 to 4-foot deep indoor pool explains franchise owners Rachelle Nurse and her husband Joe Goodly who also owns Urban Air Adventure Park.

Urban Air Adventure Park will be the second Louisiana location and will open in November. The first Urban Air Adventure Park is located in Denham Springs. The trampoline park not only includes trampolines, but also a zip line, climbing walls, virtual reality and much more. The franchise is particular when it comes to choosing a location for one of their franchises. They take into consideration how many children live in the area and if a site can provide a regional draw.

Saucier is excited about the new projects and believes it will only enhance the desire for corporate relocations to St. Tammany. “This checks the entertainment box,” Saucier said. “It fills a gap and brings us up to the level of other cities.”

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