OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - It is a gamer's paradise, and now Cyberzone is open in Opelika, attracting people from all over east Alabama and west Georgia.
"Auburn, Opelika, Beauregard, Phenix City and as far as Columbus are just astounded to see a place like this open up," explains owner and founder of Cyberzone, Simon Bek. "So it's been wonderful, the community support has been great."
Bek and his family moved to Opelika two years ago and saw the need for a family entertainment center.
Cyberzone, which originated in Tennessee, is equipped with a 6,000 square foot laser tag arena as well as an arcade filled with games for every generation to enjoy.
"We have two sections. We have the retro section, or the 'games of yesterday' which has your favorites like Pac Man, Galaga and Tetris," says Bek. "Then we have the 'games of today' where we have the more popular games like Dance Dance Revolution and air hockey. So it's great for all generations to see."
Opelika is seeing its share of new business in the area, and city officials credit this to a business friendly environment and the creation of new technology.
"Opelika has demonstrated a very pro business attitude to bring people into our community and they will have opportunity for success here," explains Opelika's Director of Economic Development, Lori Huguley. "There are some things coming down the pipe that I think will be extremely beneficial to small businesses and that especially has to do with Opelika's Internet fiber that will be offer to the homes and businesses that are located in Opelika."
Bek and his team of eight employees are already planning to expand after only a month in business.
A roller coaster simulator and a mini bowling alley are already under construction and is planned to open at the end of this year.
"If anyone has any suggestions we're always open," says Bek. "We hope everyone enjoys it."