Carmel entertainment business moving to bigger digs in Westfield

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A Carmel-based entertainment center plans to relocate to Westfield.

Laser Flash has announced it will open a 50,000-square-foot, multi-level family entertainment facility at the southwest corner of State Road 32 and U.S. 31, after 16 years at its Carmel location at 617 Third Avenue SW.

The new center will feature laser tag, bowling, axe throwing, an indoor ropes course, and an outdoor miniature golf course, as well as other activities. It will also have a restaurant and bar.

The center will be part of EdgeRock Development’s Landing at Monon Marketplace project, currently under construction. EdgeRock is developing the entertainment center, which will be owned by a separate partnership. It's projected to cost between $10 million $12 million.

One of the development’s other tenants is Big Woods Restaurants, a Nashville-based pizzeria, brewery and and distillery with locations in Nashville, Speedway, Bloomington and Franklin. The company announced plans for an 8,000-square-foot Westfield restaurant in December.

A Starbucks cafe, Penn Station restaurant and Crew Carwash also are in the works and expected to open sometime this year.

The site for Laser Flash was selected in part to take advantage of demand for entertainment options outside of Westfield's Grand Park Sports Campus.

“The growth of Westfield and Grand Park has made Westfield an attractive place to invest and develop my business,” said Peter Murphy, owner of Laser Flash.

The 12,000-square-foot Carmel location will remain open until the Westfield location is ready for business, Murphy told IBJ. Then staffers will relocate to the Westfield facility. The new location will have about 130 employees.

Laser Flash in Westfield will be the first Indiana venue to offer Cyber Sport, which was developed by Amherst, New York-based Lasertron, according to a media release from Murphy. Cyber Sport is a two-team game that combines basketball and lacrosse on cyber cars, which are similar to bumper cars. Players use a one-handed scoop to pick up, pass and shoot a soft foam ball into goals mounted on the wall at each end of the court.

The center is being designed by Dynamic Designs of Birmingham, Michigan. Dynamic Designs has 35 years of experience designing family entertainment centers, including Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne.

Murphy had previously considered moving the business to Fishers.

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