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Chuck E. Cheese's plans to build in Woodbury

Children, parents and kids-at-heart: get ready for arcade games, memorable get-togethers and, of course, pizza fun.

That's what the new Chuck E. Cheese's promises to offer as they invite local and area families to the new Commerce Hill Woodbury location that's been months in the making.

Woodbury Developers LLC is proposing to build the 14,000 square-foot restaurant and children entertainment venue directly north of the SuperTarget.

Craig Cahen, of Cahen Architectural Group, who's representing Chuck E. Cheese's, said the company has been adding 35 to 40 nationwide locations per year.

"They do extensive real estate search," he said. "Candidly, they're very big on Woodbury."

The new retail center, which so far includes SuperTarget, CorTrust Bank, a multi-tenant building and the city's second McDonald's, which will open soon, is gaining momentum, developers say.

Principal developer Paul Maener said more retailers are interested in building on the 39 acres of land that sits in the northeast portion of Woodbury near Interstate 94 and the Woodbury Drive exit.

However, he would not specify names of those businesses, noting that agreements have not been finalized yet.

The shopping center that was approved by the City Council in March 2010 saw immediate construction activity when the SuperTarget was finished in 2011. Then CorTrust followed, but it wasn't until this year that McDonald's and the new multi-tenant building that will house Bruegger's Bagels, a nail salon and a spa saw some activity.

Developers expect Chuck E. Cheese's to begin building this July and open by late fall.

The community of Woodbury with all of its school-age children and young families was a factor in deciding to build here, Cahen said.

"Deals like this take over a year to decide where they go," he said.

Chuck E. Cheese's is known to attract birthday parties with its kid-friendly food, arcade and amusement games.

The restaurant will have 453 seats; however, not all are expected to be filled at once.

The city requires 226 parking spaces based on the required one space per two seats for a restaurant.

But city staff concluded those parking needs do not appropriately reflect the actual parking demands for the space; instead a total of 172 spaces will be installed as part of the plan.

Woodbury Planning Commission will recommend approval of Chuck E. Cheese's plans to build in the new Commerce Hill site at tonight's City Council meeting.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.