LONDONDERRY — Greg Hughes, the owner of Xtreme Craze, a new indoor inflatable airpark and laser tag arena under construction at the Apple Tree Mall on Route 102, said he is hiring 40 to 45 positions for the facility, which he said will be the first of its kind in the United States.
“We think we’re really filling a void in that part of New Hampshire,” Hughes said.
The most unique part of the facility, located in part of a former Home Goods, will be a 10,000-square-foot inflatable installation Hughes is calling an indoor “airpark.”
He describes it as a sort of a cross between a bounce house and an indoor trampoline park, which can be used by kids and adults alike.
“We expect a whole family to be kind of going in and playing together,” Hughes said.
The installation involves big slides, a ninja obstacle course around the perimeter and other small features scattered throughout. Hughes said it is custom made to fit the space. He bought it from a company in the United Kingdom called Airquee Inflatables.
The installation arrived Wednesday at a Boston port and will arrive in Londonderry sometime next week. The following week, it will be installed over the course of four days, Hughes said.
He expects to open the business in early or mid-February.
These inflatable airparks started in the United Kingdom about a year and a half ago, Hughes said, and have been proliferating throughout Europe and the Middle East, but he said this is the first of its kind in the United States.
Hughes is investing $2 million in the Londonderry location, and will follow that up with another $2 million investment in a fourth Xtreme Craze location in Foxborough, Mass., which will also feature a massive inflatable installation.
Both are financed by Salem Five Bank, Hughes said.
Xtreme Craze has locations in Woburn, Mass., and Westborough, Mass.
The 24,000-square-foot facility in Londonderry will include 7,000 square feet for a multi-level laser tag arena with interactive elements and game formats that mirror popular video games like Fortnite.
The facility will have an arcade, event space and a pizza cafe. The cafe will serve beer and wine, a feature Hughes is piloting in Londonderry.
“We haven’t done that in the past,” Hughes said.
He said Xtreme Craze is hiring for part-time staff jobs in the cafe, prize counter, as well as laser tag and airpark marshals.
“Typically, the folks who take these positions are high school kids and college kids,” Hughes said.
So far, he said they’ve received about 15 to 20 applications.