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Scene 75 to buy plaza in Brunswick for $10M

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    An artist's rendering of Scene 75, a proposed entertainment center in Brunswick.

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Officials of Scene 75 Entertainment Center of southwest Ohio announced this week they are buying Brunswick Market Center Plaza, home to a Buehler’s Fresh Foods store, for $10 million.

The entertainment center is expected to replace the Buehler’s store at 3688 Center Road.

Jonah Sandler, CEO of Scene 75, based in Cincinnati, said the purchase deal will close next week. He said in an interview that he expects the entertainment facility to be open by the end of the first quarter of 2017, if not earlier.

The plaza, which was built in 1997, is owned by IRC Retailers of Chicago. Buehler’s is the plaza’s largest tenant.

Deb Wilcox, a spokeswoman for Wooster-based Buehler’s, said the grocery retailer is aware of a potential deal between a third party and IRC Retailers.

Buehler’s, which has had a store in Brunswick since 2007, is operating under a lease that is set to expire in mid-2018. Wilcox said IRC Retailers has asked Buehler’s to leave the building before the term expires.

In terms of relocating or setting a closing date, no plans for Buehler’s in Brunswick have been finalized.

“As with any business proposal, we are considering all options,” Wilcox said.

Buehler’s has 13 other store locations including two in Medina and one in Wadsworth.

Colliers International, a commercial real estate company, had an available sublease listed for the 80,000-square-foot Buehler’s within the 120,000-square-foot shopping center for more than six months, a real estate representative said.

IRC Retailers representative Dawn Benchelt, director of communications and marketing, told The Gazette, “It is company policy and in the businesses best practices not to comment on tenants’ leases and their businesses.”

Other tenants in the Brunswick Market Center Plaza include the Winking Lizard, Anytime Fitness, Sherwin-Williams, Hallmark, UPS Store, Jimmy John’s, T-Mobile, Royal Nail Spa, Title Loans, Edible Arrangements, Sally Beauty Supply, Best Cuts, Pizza Hut and Barany Jewelers.

The privately-owned Scene 75 has two entertainment complexes — one in the Dayton area and one in the Cincinnati area — that offer these attractions:

  • indoor electric go-karts;
  • arcade games;
  • laser tag;
  • black-light miniature golf;
  • inflatable bouncing play area;
  • laser maze;
  • bumper cars;
  • simulators that entertain riders in a “motion theater.”

The facility also would have private party rooms, a restaurant, snack zone and two full-service bars.

The entertainment center has received approval from the Brunswick Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission to house its third location in the plaza.

Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance President Melissa Krebs said Wednesday the chamber is excited to hear about the new owners investing in the plaza and a new business.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimusat (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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