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Northwoods Mall's Round1 Entertainment Center closes its doors in May. What could come next?

Round1 Entertainment Center's Northwoods Mall location is set to close later this year on May 21, 2023.
Collin Schopp
Peoria Public Radio
Round1 Entertainment Center's Northwoods Mall location is set to close later this year on May 21, 2023.

The Round1 Entertainment Center at Northwoods Mall is set to close in May.

Round1 Manager Krista Hamrick said May 21 is the location's last day of operation. She said the closing is a Round1 corporate decision and she can't give a reason for the decision at this time.

Northwoods general manager Julie Revallo said revenue at the entertainment center isn't meeting Round1 owners' expectations.

The entertainment center opened at Northwoods in 2017. The space left behind includes a full-size kitchen and a direct entrance from the street.

"We're just hoping that somebody sees it," said Revallo. "Or we'll get another entertainment center in there. Or, you know, a bowling alley or pickleball or anything."

While Revallo said it would be nice to have a similar business in the space, the mall will entertain any sort of proposal.

"We've got a lot of individuals that have owned and operated and started their own business right here at Northwoods Mall," she said. "Because we've made the rent negotiable so that they could actually, you know, make some money as well."

Revallo said, besides the Round1 location, Northwoods is 99% leased out, and the only completely empty store is the old Express clothing store.

There's also the former Sears building, but Revallo said the building is owned by Sears corporate and any new tenants would go directly through them.

"I'm hoping something will be coming soon." she said.

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Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.