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Mason City’s Southbridge Mall to convert to “Family Entertainment Center”



This news story was published on May 5, 2021.
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Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – Southbridge Mall in Mason City will soon be getting a make-over, City Hall proclaimed today.  Residents will see some very exciting and notable new developments in the future as announced at the City Council meeting on May 4, 2021.

The existing mall will supposedly be transformed into an entertainment center catering to families. A few of the food and drink establishments newly named in the redevelopment plans include a brewery from Iowa’s Backpocket Brewing, Gary Dolphin’s Bar and Hall of Fame, and a pizzeria by Gino’s East of Chicago. Watch a video from Gary Dolphin discussing the addition of the Gary Dolphin’s Bar and associated Hall of Fame as a good fit for the transformation of the mall.

Along with the eating and drinking establishments are movie theaters, go-kart tracks, bowling, and some type of golf simulator, all yet to be named.

Additional announcements for future partners and details will be identified in the near future.

City Hall is billing this development as “another great step in the River City Renaissance Project!”

“Some projected amenities to include revamping the movie theater, 24 lane bowling alley, arcade, go karts and golf simulators. If things go as planned, this should be completed within 2 years,” a city councilman said.

A layout of the existing floorplan of the Southbridge Mall.

The proposed layout of the mall, featuring entertainment opportunities for all ages.

The current exterior view of Delaware Avenue at the top and the proposed exterior view featuring an outdoor area for seating and entrance into the family entertainment center.

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30 Responses to Mason City’s Southbridge Mall to convert to “Family Entertainment Center”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 27, 2021 at 6:42 am

    It will make a great back drop for the junkies and morons wandering around the area and the ones occasionally shooting and stabbing each other once or twice a week. Family entertainment center? More like an excuse to mismanage funds and throw away more time and effort for nothing much. I do love the new hotel…. oh ya. It’s been forever and a bunch of corrupt people tool “business” trips to Hawaii etc. How much will the city council be splitting off the top?

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 11, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Huge Exaggeration’: The CDC’s ‘Deceiving’ Statistics Are Even Getting Called Out on MSNBC

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 8, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    They need to put in titty bars and casinos. Screw family fun let’s party in Mason City

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 27, 2021 at 6:44 am

      Guy has a hell of a point. There is nothing for adults to do in this town. Nothing at all. Why do you think mason city residents leave town with their money and free time? Probably because it’s a depressing turd that ppl keep pretending they want to paint, only to bomb projects and steal money from them. Those new taxes are gonna be sweet!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 8, 2021 at 5:24 am

    Yet another $ looser..

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Go Joe Go lying POS

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2021 at 2:35 am

    FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. ya kids racing go carts while the parents are in the bar. why a bar in a family entertainment center????

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Some of us are actually thrilled there are forward thinkers out there who are willing to invest in Mason City. Thank you, and Illegitimi non carborundum!!!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Got to love the positivity in this town….NOT
    It’s no wonder no major companies want to invest in this town with all of your poor attitudes.

    • Mayor McJeez Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      History is a good indicator of what will happen. Clear lake started their hotel project 10 years after MC, and it’s almost done. MC hasn’t even broke ground yet. Mason City has had terrible choices in elected officials and representatives. They just keep flushing tax money down the drain.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Ha, ha, ha, another wet dream that will never happen. They will just waste a lot of money and it will fail.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2021 at 7:50 am

    How many bars will that be in a one block area? “Family Entertainment Center” Looking a lot like Manly in the old days. This ought to be good.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 6, 2021 at 4:50 am

    Isn’t this exciting?? A new development for Southbridge Mall! It’ll not only have Gary Dolphin’s Bar and Hall of Fame owned by some out-of-towner to compete with the locally owned Sports Page family-friendly Bar and Restaurant, but it will also have an out-of-town owned 24 lane bowling alley to compete with Mason City’s historic 12 lane bowling alley, Mystic Lanes. And pizza from Chicago; Mmmmmmmm! Can’t get any better than that. Check it out:
    https://www.kaaltv.com/albert-lea-minnesota-news/southbridge-mall-to-transform-into-entertainment-center/6097891/

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 6, 2021 at 7:54 am

      More business’s to compete with the locals.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    it aint happened yet, just like the hotel

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Just going back to the old days. When I was a kid there was a bowling alley where the mall is now. Call that progress.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    They ever get the clown that owns it to pay taxes? How bout the retards who are supposed to build a hotel? Sounds like a pipe dream.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    And Wal Mart !!!

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Don’t forget the shit education

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Holy Cow I was wondering what crazy house taxes and home prices were getting me!
    Now I know …. Yippee

  18. Peas n Taters Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Hopefully on of the bars will cater to gays.