WESLEY CHAPEL — After putting plans on hold seven years ago, Chuck E. Cheese's will finally open one of its famous restaurant/arcades in Pasco.
The Texas-based chain filed plans with Pasco County to build a 14,260-square-foot building at the Grove shopping center on Oakley Boulevard off Interstate 75.
In its request, Oakley Grove Development LLC asked that its 11 planned buildings that were approved earlier be cut to 10, with all but one being reduced in size to make room for the larger Chuck E. Cheese's. The developer also asked for smaller landscaped areas in order to create wider sidewalks for children and families.
The restaurant, which is expected to open later this year, will create 30 jobs. Hiring will be about 60 days before opening, company spokeswoman Michelle Chism said.
"Wesley Chapel is a growing community with many young families seeking clean, wholesome family entertainment at a great value, and we are confident our new Chuck E. Cheese's location will give them exactly what they are looking for," she said.
The announcement comes seven years after the company said it planned to build a restaurant on State Road 56, near the proposed Cypress Creek Town Center. Those plans were scrapped after the economic downturn. Also, the town center, which was separate from the restaurant, was delayed due to environmental issues. Plans to open it as an outlet mall are in the works.
The company and its franchisees operate a system of 567 Chuck E. Cheese's stores in 47 states and nine countries and territories, according to the company website. Tampa Bay area locations include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Brandon.
The menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, wings, appetizers, a salad bar and desserts, all served in front of musical entertainment delivered by the mechanical Chuck and his supporting cast.
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