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Groundbreaking for Denison entertainment complex

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HeyDay will build an entertainment complex at this site in Denison. (KTEN) HeyDay will build an entertainment complex at this site in Denison. (KTEN)
An artist's drawing of the new HeyDay entertainment center in Denison. (Facebook) An artist's drawing of the new HeyDay entertainment center in Denison. (Facebook)
The groundbreaking ceremony for Denison's new HeyDay entertainment complex. (KTEN) The groundbreaking ceremony for Denison's new HeyDay entertainment complex. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- What's being billed as an exciting new entertainment complex is now underway in Denison.

HeyDay -- with two locations in Oklahoma City and Norman -- broke ground for its first Texas operation Friday morning on U.S. 75 next door to the Hilton Garden Inn.

"As you grow your company and grow your legacy, and the desire to venture outside of Oklahoma and to make the first one in the Sherman/Denison area, we're just tickled pink," said HeyDay owner Brad Little.

The facility is planned to feature bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini-golf and two dining options. And the estimated 120 new jobs the business creates will have a multiplying effect.

"For jobs and for income and for really the quality of place, I mean, this is going to really help Denison be on the board," Denison Area Chamber of Commerce president Ken Higdon said. "Those jobs that are created are going to bring more jobs as well."

HeyDay, which has been in the works since late last year, will be part of a 75-acre site called Gateway Village. The city envisions a wide range of other projects for the $10 million development, including shopping and restaurants.

"The venture folks that are putting in new activity, they look for this kind of dynamic; they look for this kind of synergy," Higdon said.

HeyDay is hoping to open for business by the end of the year.

"When you come in as a customer to HeyDay you're supposed to have fun," Little said. "You just don't see the hard work that goes on behind it."

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