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Dave & Buster’s coming to Capital City Mall

Dining and entertainment chain will replace Old Navy in 2018

The retail mall is about to get more lively, at least in Cumberland County.

Restaurant and entertainment chain Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. is coming to the Capital City Mall in 2018 and will replace the existing Old Navy store, according to Philadelphia-based PREIT, the mall’s owner.

It will be the first Dave & Buster’s in the central part of the state. The chain’s existing Pennsylvania locations are in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. The closest to the Harrisburg area is in Hanover, Md.

PREIT officials said the Dallas-based chain, which has stores in 33 states and Canada, has signed a lease and will open a 28,000-square-foot dining and entertainment venue at the Lower Allen Township mall by the fall of 2018. Old Navy is expected to leave the mall by the end of this year.

PREIT spokeswoman Heather Crowell said she could not comment on Old Navy’s future plans.

A spokesperson for Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy, was not immediately available for comment. And the store at the mall is not yet open for the day.

Capital City Mall has been in transformation mode as struggling Sears left this winter, to be replaced by a Dick’s Sporting Goods. A smaller format Sears appliance store also is in the works for the space.

Dave & Buster’s will be on the other end of the mall next to J.C. Penney.

Officials for the chain were not immediately available for comment.

PREIT now has 17 percent of its space across its portfolio committed to dining and entertainment options.

The company has focused more on attracting tenants that can offer experiences as malls shift toward a mix of tenants designed to better attract today’s consumers, who are buying more products online.

Those same consumers also are willing to spend more on unique entertainment options and experiences they can share on social media, or nearby activities they can pair with shopping.

“The historic view of the mall, heavily reliant on apparel and traditional retail, has expired and a new model is rising,” said Joseph Coradino, PREIT’s CEO. “Dining, entertainment and experiential concepts represent the mall of the future and allow landlords to highlight the value in the real estate they own.”

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