GameWorks CLOSES IN Centro YBOR
The arcade games were lit up and the lights were on Monday night, but nobody was home at GameWorks in Centro Ybor.
Instead, a note on the locked doors read: "Dear GameWorks Guests, Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to close this GameWorks location."
The restaurant, bar and arcade combo — owned by Illinois-based Sega GameWorks U.S.A. — opened in 2000, and took up more than 20,000 square feet next to Muvico Theaters 20 in the Centro Ybor dining, shopping and entertainment complex.
Upon opening in the struggling facility, the $10 million investment was expected to generate up to $8 million in annual sales, according to a 2000 article in the St. Petersburg Times.
There were 14 other GameWorks locations when the Ybor venue opened. On Monday, GameWorks listed only eight — including just one in Florida, at the Sawgrass Mills mall west of Fort Lauderdale.
That's the closest location the company says customers can go if they still have a play card filled with credits or arcade tickets to redeem. Other consumer questions about the closings are answered at gameworks.com, under the About Us tab.
Shelley Rossetter, Times staff writer