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An unnamed entertainment center is eyeing locations at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines.

Representatives from architectural and engineering firm Shive-Hattery met with West Des Moines city planners in late June to discuss preliminary plans for the project, which would include a bar, restaurant and video arcade.

The undisclosed company is considering a 30,000-square-foot store on the north side of the mall near the Younkers store, said Brian Portz, a city planner.  

It was taking an initial look at what it would take to build there, including parking, building size regulations and water, sewer and fire regulation requirements, Portz said.

That's also the space where Von Maur has said it plans to build a two-level, 140,000-square-foot department store.

Randy Tennison, the mall’s general manager, said the entertainment center is looking at several options at the mall. “They could possibly be going in a different direction. It is still early in the process and they haven’t settled on anything yet,” he said.

No leases have been signed, he said.

There has been speculation that Von Maur could take over the existing Younkers space once the bankrupt chain completes its liquidation sale and vacates the space at the end of August.

“We still have an agreement with Von Maur to build next to Younkers,” Tennison said. He called plans for changes at the mall “fluid.”

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“They (the entertainment company) have said they want to be in West Des Moines and I know other developers have talked to them,” he said.

Although the identity of the entertainment company has been kept secret, it has been widely reported that Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc., a popular arcade chain based in Dallas, Texas, is intent on finding a spot for its first Iowa store.

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There has been speculation that West Des Moines could be on the company's short list of location possibilities. 

The Iowa Legislature passed a bill last session that opened the door for companies like Dave and Buster’s to operate in the state.

Iowa law previously limited amusement concession prizes to $100 or less. Dave & Buster’s offers prizes like iPads or gaming consoles that surpassed that limit. The new law raised the maximum prize value to $950.

Dave & Buster’s has said it plans to open multiple stores in Iowa.

Tennison said it would take a year to build such a center and that construction likely would not begin until next spring.

Officials from Dave & Buster’s and Von Maur did not respond to requests for comment.

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