Fairfield Daily Republic: October 11th, 2010

DRIVEN RACEWAY SET TO OPEN DOORS

by Sarah De Crescenzo

Fairfield Karts Being Unloaded

Ed Armstrong, right, and Daniel Smith hoist an Italian race kart
from a forklift at the new Driven Raceway on Tuesday.

FAIRFIELD — A vacant spot in Fairfield’s retail market will be bustling once again with the opening Saturday of Driven Raceway.

The indoor go-kart racing company is expanding into Fairfield after setting up its first location in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. It takes the place of former electronics retailer Circuit City, which shut down when the company went bankrupt in 2009. Driven Raceway is taking the lessons learned from opening its first site and applying them to the location on Gateway Boulevard, said Matt Stearn, chief executive.

The economic downturn provided his plans for expansion with an opportunity to come to fruition, thanks to the veritable steals available in commercial real estate as developers work to fill empty spaces.

In addition to the racing track, mini-bowling lanes, arcade games, a miniature golf course, lit by black lights, and rooms for birthday parties or corporate events will operate in the building. A snack bar will also be open, though it won’t be as extensive as Rohnert Park’s because of the wealth of eateries in the Gateway Plaza shopping center, Stearn said.

Rod Towery, chief operating officer, will operate the new facility and plans to employ 35 people at the raceway.

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