FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – November 2015 was a game changer for the owners of Lazer X in Fort Wayne.
“We’re just trying to find out what happened and go from there. We’ll take it one step at a time,” Tim Kintz said.
General Manager Tim Kintz is taking the last of those steps.
“There was no question that we were going to reopen,” he said.
Less than a year after the fire, they’re just weeks away from reopening.
Kintz says they didn’t waste any time rebuilding their family owned business, a popular spot in Fort Wayne since 1996.
“Spending 20 years in Fort Wayne and serving them and bringing this kind of entertainment to the Fort Wayne community, we’ve had a lot of support from Fort Wayne,” Kintz said.
Lazer X also means a lot to Lathan Gareiss. He designs and builds laser tag facilities all over the world. And for him, it all started right here.
“Kids today have way more technology than we did back then so when we came in to play laser tag this was the only place we could do video games and experience something like this,” Gareiss said.
He’s lived in Florida for 16 years. But when he heard the news of the fire, he knew he had to come back to help.
“To me it’s a big deal because I know what it did for my life, you know? It put me on a career path,” Gareiss said.
So right now you might be thinking I want to see more. Well they’re saving some of it for their big reveal because they don’t want to show everything before the opening.
But what’s going on inside is one of a kind.
“I’m hoping that the kids come in here and realize you know this isn’t what was built in the late 90’s this is Lazer X and its way more advanced,” Gareiss said.
They hope to have a soft opening within a few weeks followed by the grand opening. There’s no specific date set, but it is expected to open this summer.