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Fun Factory to reopen on Thanksgiving
New owners of the former Yuma Fun Factory are working toward reopening the family entertainment center on Nov. 24.
Brice Zeller, who with his wife, Becky, recently purchased the Fun Factory, said he chose that day for the attraction's grand reopening because Thanksgiving is a big day for families to be together.
“The whole deal for the Fun Factory is that we're changing it back to what it should have been — a family place.”
Crews have been busily getting the attraction back in shape after it sat vacant for more than year.
A job fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fun Factory. Zeller said a number of positions are available, including maintenance personnel, kitchen help, wait staff, bartenders and cocktail waitresses. There will also be a few supervisory positions.
Applicants should be at least 18 years old and bring a resume. A photograph of themselves that can be attached to their application would also be helpful.
Yuma Fun Factory closed in April 2010 amid a tangle of bankruptcy and foreclosure. The Zellers recently purchased the property from AEA Federal Credit Union, which was the lender for the previous owners.
In addition to reopening the attraction, the Zellers plan to add a water slide park. Together, they will be named Waylon's Water World and Fun Factory, named for the Zellers' grandson.
Zeller said he is in the permitting process for the water park and hopes to start dirt work by mid-November. Opening date for the water park has been set for June 1, 2012.
During construction, visitors to the Fun Factory will be able to check on the progress of the water park, which will be located to the north of the existing family entertainment center.
WhiteWater West, the global leader in water park design, will design and engineer the park. Zeller's excavation business will be the general contractor. Local contractors involved include architect Wayne Pea, civil engineer Dahl Robbins and Associates, structural engineer Rob Campbell and JTJ Construction.
“It will be a very fast-track construction,” Zeller said.
Joyce Lobeck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6853.