JUMP!, a Roanoke County play center filled with inflatables, has closed about a year after it opened.
The owner, Robert Phillips, was forced to close because he hadn’t paid rent, said Roger Jackson, an agent with Poe and Cronk Real Estate Group, which manages the building. The real estate group had to change the locks on the doors, he said.
“We hate to see someone go into debt,” Jackson said.
Phillips could not be reached. He and his family moved to Roanoke a few years ago. According to this 2011 blog post on SwoCo, Phillips and his wife felt that southwest Roanoke County needed more kid-friendly options for playing and hosting parties.
He started the business by renting out inflatable houses to see if there was a market for an inflatable play center. When he saw that the rentals were popular he opened JUMP!. It had two party rooms, an arcade space and a large floor area covered with inflatable jump houses, slides, an obstacle courses and basketball hoops.
The 3,900 square-foot space, next to Mattress Firm and Carilion’s Velocity urgent care center, is available for lease, Jackson said.