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Trampoline Park and more coming to Killeen soon

Trampoline Park and more coming to Killeen soon

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

The Killeen K-Mart store was open for nearly 40 years before announcing its closure at the beginning of 2017. The bargain department store was located at 1101 S. Fort Hood Street, and has stood vacant for the last several months. In October, city permit officials in Killeen issued 118 permits worth a total value of $4.21 million.

The shopping center where K-Mart once stood is home to multiple other small businesses such as Citi Trends, Beauty Land and Supply, and It’s Fashion; however, in the next several months, citizens will notice ongoing construction in the area, due to the announcement of five new businesses that will soon be opening. Conn’s HomePlus, a retail store specializing in electronics, furniture and appliances, will occupy about half of the old Kmart building, according to Jay Franklin, the superintendent of DLP Construction. The company plans on demolishing nearly 70% of the already existing building in a renovation job that will be well over 40,000 square feet. In addition to Conn’s, a health club called Crunch Fitness will open up in the plaza, Franklin said. The current closest location of a Crunch Fitness is in Round Rock, though there are various locations of the no-judgement health club throughout the country. Dollar Tree and Lumber Liquidators will also share the old Kmart plaza with Conn’s.

In September, Killeen residents learned that a Vertical Altitude Trampoline Park will also open its doors in the Wendland Plaza Shopping Center—adjacent to where K-Mart once stood— this winter. The 45,000-square foot facility will feature large party rooms, a rock climbing wall, foam pits, and extreme dodgeball. The park will take over the old H-E-B, which also used to be housed in the Wendland shopping center. The estimated value of the trampoline park renovation is $815,000. It will also be the second trampoline park to open in Killeen.

Urban Air, the Indoor Trampoline & Adventure Park Operator, announced their Killeen location is secured and planning is now underway to begin construction on the 35,000-square foot facility. According to their official website, the expected opening date was Spring of this year, though no new date has been announced. The Killeen location will include Urban Air’s award-winning wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts, volleyball courts, drop zone, performance trampoline, slam dunk tracks, trampoline runway, and an area for ages 7 and under. In addition to the trampoline attractions, this location will be home to Urban Air’s latest adventure attractions the Urban Warrior Course, Warrior Battle Beam, TUBES Indoor Playground, Sky Track Indoor Coaster and Indoor Ropes Course.

Urban Air will be located at 2102 Jennifer Drive, near Jasper Drive and Fort Hood Street, and that site is currently under construction.

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