Round One Entertainment's website says the Japanese company is coming soon to the Sacramento area's largest shopping center. Existing centers span 40,000-60,000 feet and include hundreds of arcade games, karaoke rooms, more than a dozen bowling lanes, billiards, darts and table tennis as well as a restaurant and bar. Glasses of beer and wine start at $2 apiece, and ice cream goes for $1.
Round One also plans to add locations in Hayward, Salinas and Temecula to its 21 operating across the United States and 100+ in Japan, according to the company's website. Most of the company's stateside operations have popped up in malls such as Sunvalley Mall in Concord and Eastridge Shopping Center in San Jose as anchor tenants such as Dillard's and J.C. Penney cut back their footprint.
Westfield Galleria has held up better than many other malls in the face of a nationwide "retail apocalypse" spurred by reckless expansion and the rise of online shopping. Tax revenue from the shopping center swelled from $3.6 million in 2006 to $4.5 million in 2015 while Arden Fair Mall's fell from $51. million to $4.5 million over the same timespan, according to data from the cities of Sacramento and Roseville.
Recent downsizing by national brands such as Teavana and Wet Seal has left the Galleria with unwanted vacancies, though, and Westfield filed a permit with the City of Roseville earlier this year in hopes of expanding operating options within the 1.3 million-square foot facility, the Sacramento Business Journal reported.
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