LONDONDERRY — A new business offering fun inflatable opportunities for both patrons and staff is now open.
XtremeCraze indoor park celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting event on Feb. 15.
Town officials, local Chamber of Commerce staff and business owners gathered at the new business at the Apple Tree Mall to kick off the grand opening.
The business is taking over a portion of what was formerly the Home Goods space at the plaza off Route 102 at 4 Orchard View Drive.
The new, state-of-the-art entertainment center, glowing with neon lights and bright amenities, features a large multi-level laser tag arena; a 10,000-square-foot indoor, all ages, inflatable air park; interactive, multi-level laser tag; party and event spaces; a high definition television cafe; and an interactive arcade.
There are other XtremeCraze locations in in Massachusetts. Londonderry's location is made unique by its massive air park.
"XtremeCraze is not your typical recreational establishment with just a few arcade games," said XtremeCraze President Gregory Hughes, adding adults can have as much fun at the business as the younger fans.
"Parents and kids can play together," Hughes said.
The colorful bouncing air park area offers climbing, sliding and just a lot of inflatable fun, Hughes added. He said the new location in Londonderry will take the business to a new level.
Hughes credited Londonderry for being a great town to work with.
Town officials are happy to see new businesses like XtremeCraze calling the Apple Tree Mall home.
The 194,214-square-foot retail/shopping plaza on 20 acres was purchased last year by New England developer George Vernet, manager of Vernco Apple LLC. The mall is currently anchored by Shaw's supermarket on one end with various businesses located there including Coffeeberries, Richter Jewelers, and Curves fitness facility. Construction is underway on other new businesses to eventually locate there, too, including a gymnastics studio.
"It's just wonderful to have this in town," Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith said, adding he met Hughes several years ago when the Apple Tree Mall "was in flux" and hoped to encourage the new business to locate in Londonderry.
Smith added Apple Tree Mall is getting new life thanks to Vernet and businesses like XtremeCraze.
"It was our first plaza in town," Smith said. "Families in Londonderry, Derry and the entire region are going to love this place. My kids will love this place. I'm sure I'll be here often."
The business will employ about 45 staff members at the Londonderry location.