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Andy B's picks Branson to roll out next location

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Andy B's Entertainment & Bowling Centers plans to open at the Branson Landing in summer 2018, a move that would create the 11th location for the Springfield company.

Officials signed a lease for 19,000 square feet, according to an Andy B's news release. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

"We are looking forward to partnering with the Branson community, the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center and local businesses by welcoming guests to the Branson Landing for dining and family entertainment," said Andy B's owner Andy Bartholomy in the release.

The company plans to hire 50 employees for the new center, according to the release.

Bartholomy two years ago rebranded his traditional bowling alley company to the Andy B's concept and invested over $4 million to convert Battlefield Lanes in Springfield into the new entrainment venue. Of the company's 10 current bowling centers, three operate under the Andy B's brand – in Springfield; Bartlett, Tennessee; and Tulsa, Oklahoma – with family entertainment options including laser tag, sports bars and grills, karaoke, and private bowling with lane-side food and drink service. In addition to Branson, Andy B's plans to open an entertainment center in Denton, Texas, in fall 2018, the release said.

At Branson Landing, the outdoor shopping center on the banks of Lake Taneycomo recently lost the Davo Olive Oil store when its owner filed for bankruptcy this month. Last year, Branson Landing recorded its lowest occupancy rate, at 86 percent, since the $420 million complex opened in 2006. But officials rebounded this summer by signing clothing retailer H&M to a multiyear lease for a substantial part of the vacancies. H&M also plans to open in the summertime.

The Andy B's in Springfield is about twice the size of the planned Branson Landing space.

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