Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:28 PM by Breanna Roy - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 17, 2012 8:34 AM
MISSOULA- The same month that two retail stores and a restaurant announced they are closing up shop, a brand-new business is banking that family fun can brave the economic storm.
The owners of The Hub family entertainment center on Missoula's Expressway Boulevard would argue their endeavor is even more important in a down economy, because now, more than ever, families need to have fun.
The Hub has indoor, battery-powered go-karts, laser tag, food and arcade games. But on top of that, the business comes with more than 40 new jobs. Even though every business runs a risk, The Hub's co-owner and longtime Missoulian Norman Parmiter said this is one thing the city has been lacking.
"I have my own children, so I was looking for something year-round, safe, fun, you know give 'em something more to do than just run around the streets," he said. "So we're gonna give it a try."
Due to the Montana climate, they built everything is indoors and Parmiter says he expects to draw the most business in the winter months.
While the owners haven't nailed down a date, they say they're just putting on the final touches and hope to open their doors within the next week.