Laser tag enthusiast sets his sights on Greenfield site

Entertainment venue would use and sell his own brand

Nov. 26, 2013

Greenfield — A second laser tag business wants to come to Greenfield.

The Plan Commission on Dec. 10 is slated to take up the request by Aaron Fischer, founder of Laser TagPro, who wants to establish a laser tag arena and store in the former 6,000-square-foot quarters of the Fashion Bug, 4260 S. 76th St., in the Spring Mall shopping center

According to his company website, Fischer has been an avid laser tag gamer for 20 years and decided to form a business that not only operated laser tag entertainment venues but create and manufacture a brand of laser tag equipment.

He launched that brand this year. The equipment would be available in the Laser TagPro facility Fischer proposes.

The complete Laser ProTag sales operation would move to the Spring Mall location. Although Laser ProTag makes and sells its own equipment, no manufacturing would occur at Spring Mall. Only sales, shipping, receiving and repairs would be done there, Fischer wrote. Manufacturing is done at an overseas factory.

Assuming he gains approval, Fischer told the city he hopes to open by March at the latest.

Laser tag can be played in teams or as a free-for-all for ages as young as 6, he said in information submitted to the city. Typically, games are mission-based.

Fischer said he hopes to provide a venue for birthday parties, bachelor parties, fundraising events, corporate events, team building events and office parties. The plan is to build two or three party rooms.

The refreshment area would sell packaged concessions, soda, water and energy drinks but no alcohol.

While the store would be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, Fischer is asking for the laser tag arena to be open Thursdays through Sundays. The requested arena hours would be 3 to 10 p.m. Thursdays; 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays; noon to midnight Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

However, staff recommends an 11 p.m. closing on Fridays and Saturdays, rather than midnight to be consistent with the 11 p.m. nightly closing of LightSpeed, the city's first laser tag business, which operates on 27th Street.

A public hearing before the Greenfield Common Council will be needed on Fischer's proposal.

— Jane Ford-Stewart

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