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Allegiant grounds proposed entertainment center

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Local hopes for a gaming center owned by a discount airline company have been grounded — for now.

Fort Wayne’s NBC reported last year that Allegiant Air had purchased the former Marsh supermarket on Maplecrest Road with the idea of developing it as a “G4CE” (or “G-Force) family fun center.

The name of the Allegiant-owned entertainment center chain morphed into “Allegiant Nonstop,” and two sites have recently opened: one in Utah, the other in Michigan.

While the company still owns the Maplecrest Road property, there will be no construction work any time soon.

Allegiant provided the following statement to Fort Wayne’s NBC:

When we acquired a building in Fort Wayne last year, we considered adding it to our family entertainment center pilot program, Allegiant Nonstop (formerly G4CE). However, with the program still in the pilot phase, we have decided to focus on other markets at this time.

The company said last year that its expansion into fun centers was part of its efforts to gain a foothold on “value-conscious leisure entertainment for its customers — whether that means traveling on vacation, or simply a family night out in the neighborhood.”

This weekend, Allegiant Air begins seasonal nonstop service connecting Fort Wayne with the airport serving Sarasota, Fla. It is the sixth destination out of FWA for the carrier.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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