Arcade, Bounce House & Batting Cages Closes For Good
After 23 years of birthday parties, batting practice and open bounce, In The Swing in Waldwick has officially shut it doors. According to co-owner Mary Ann Saccarella, the family-friendly business failed to reach a suitable lease agreement with its landlord.
"We've been putting all of our efforts into trying to save the place," she said. The final decision to close was made last Friday. The Playland equipment was auctioned off on Wednesday and dismantled on Thursday.
Since the decision to close was made, Saccarella, who co-owns the business with her husband, Steve, and friends Kathy and Joe Scaglione, has encountered many tearful tots and parents who are upset by the news. "It's just heartbreaking," she said.
The business's Facebook page has also been filled with memories and goodbyes.
"So many wonderful parties for my children were held at your facility. The warm and caring staff treated everyone as family. Much sadness to read of your closing," one mom wrote on the Facebook page.
Another added, "Please keep us posted if you will reopen elsewhere. We love In The Swing and especially Miss Kate entertained the kids at [our daughter's] party two years ago."
At present, the Saccarellas and Scagliones, who purchased the business in 2004 from its previous owners, have no plans to re-open in another location, but Saccarella did not rule it out entirely. Right now, she said, they are focused on cleaning out the building by Friday, when the landlord said they need to be out. After that, the partners will take some time to assess the businesses options.
The business, which was bought at the height of the market, was trying to renegotiate the lease with the landlord to be more inline with the current real estate market. If they had agreed to the lease, they would be paying 60% above fair market value per square foot, she said.
"Since we bought it and signed the lease, the economy tanked. Businesses have been hit hard," she noted. "Many of our customers were hit hard, too. I couldn't raise prices. I couldn't do that to my customers. We hoped we would work something out."
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