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Prince George's County Welcomes Dave & Buster's to Capitol Heights

(l. to r.; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George's County; President & CEO Jim Coleman, PGCEDC; Chef Enus, Dave and Busters; General Manager Karl Zarse, Dave and Buster's; County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis, Dist. 6; Mayor Marnitta L. King, Capitol Heights; County Council Member Todd Turner, Dist. 4; County Council Member Mel Franklin, Dist. 9)Capitol Heights, MD, April 28, 2016 - Last Wednesday County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman were among the 100 plus County and local government officials invited to attend the Pre-Grand Opening and Media Day at new Dave and Buster's  in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Through the tenacity and vision of the Baker Administration, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation and local developer NAI Michael to seek out new, quality entertainment for Prince George's County residents, this well-known entertainment complex officially opened its first location in Prince George's County in the Ritchie Station Marketplace on Monday.

"When I talked about Prince George's County being the economic engine of the State of Maryland, and I dare say the Washington region, nobody believed it five years ago,' said Baker.  "When you think about the things that we have asked for in this great County of ours and the quality of life we are working towards, none of these opportunities would have happened if it weren't for organizations like Dave and Buster's that believed we could bring the foot traffic that will be coming here.  We will continue to grow in this County as long as we think about what we are missing in our lives, and more importantly, what our kids are missing."

County Executive Baker and his economic development team began their quest to bring Dave and Buster's to Prince George's County two years ago while attending the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Recon Convention in Las Vegas, NV.  As a result of meetings with Dave and Buster's executives during and subsequent to the convention, Dave and Buster's agreed to open its first facility in Prince George's County; the second location in Maryland.  The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation assisted the project by helping them to maneuver through the permitting process and build out in less than one year.

"This facility will be a great magnet for the County; not only for residents, but for everyone going up and down the I-95 corridor from New York to Florida.  Having a Dave and Buster's in Prince George's County is a win for the County and a win for our residents," said Coleman. "All of this success is a direct result of everything County Executive Baker has done to instill confidence in the County with ethics reform, streamlining the permitting process through the launching of DPIE, and making sure schools are heading in the right direction so that developers and retailers can see that this is the place to be in Prince George's County."

This 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex, with dining areas, sports bar and arcade represents a $15 million investment in Prince George's County.  The ribbon-cutting of the Capitol Heights Dave and Buster's in the Ritchie Station Marketplace was held on Monday, April 25th and will be open to the daily at 11 a.m.

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CONTACT: Lori Valentine

Director of Communications 
 240.478.7336 

lcvalentine@co.pg.md.us