Harris said SK8CityJax also will be used for summer camps, STEM and after-school programs, skate lessons and private and corporate events. He also wants to offer community classes, such as financial literacy.
Harris expects SK8CityJax will be open daily, with weekend hours noon to 10:30 p.m. Weekday jours are being set.
There will be a night for military discounts and an adult skate night.
Concessions will include pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream and soft drinks. He said he’s thinking about offering beer and wine for the adult skate night.
He hopes to open before Thanksgiving. Prices have not been determined. He did not provide an investment cost other than “a lot of money.”
Harris represents TSH Capital Ventures, which he leads as president and registered agent.
The location had been the site for the Family Fun Zone, whose sign is on the building, but that didn’t open. The landlord declined comment about the business.
Harris said he took over the space and will submit plans to the city to complete renovations.
Regency Court, across the Arlington Expressway from Regency Square Mall, is adding tenants.
Mishorim Gold Jacksonville LLC bought the center for $5 million in November. It was sold by 9276 Arlington Expressway Holdings LLC, a bank trustee and asset manager that had taken title to the property.
Mishorim USA Partner Mark Gold said in January he was eager to lease Regency Court and was seeking family-friendly entertainment options.
The Family Fun Zone was expected to offer an arcade, party rooms, a laser zone, indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, electric go-karts, bumper cars and other features.
Harris is adapting those spaces for his concept.
Regency Court comprises 220,000 square feet of retail space on more than 17 acres at 9200 to 9398 Arlington Expressway, opposite Regency Square Mall.
Property records show the 11 buildings were built from 1973 to 1985.
Major tenants include Youfit Health Clubs, Rooms To Go, Lumber Liquidators, HoneyBaked Ham, Longhorn Steakhouse, Pearle Vision and K&G Fashions.
Expected to open soon are Surge Adventure Park, Jacksonville Axe Throwing, SK8 City and the seasonal 13th Floor Haunted House.
Surge is planned in the former Sports Authority space.
Gold set up a leasing and management office on-site and enlisted CBRE Inc. Associate Lara Bahri to assist with leasing the space.
Mishorim is based in Richmond, Virginia. Gold said it buys older shopping centers with vacancies and invests in renovating and leasing them.