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Chuck E. Cheese’s now open for business

Molly Fricke, 4, plays Alley Roller while her father, Mike, looks on. The family traveled from Suquamish Monday to attend a friend’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Silverdale. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Molly Fricke, 4, plays Alley Roller while her father, Mike, looks on. The family traveled from Suquamish Monday to attend a friend’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Silverdale.
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Flashing arcade games, tasty pizza and a friendly mouse greet children and parents when they enter Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Chuck E. Cheese’s on Northwest Myhre Road in Silverdale opened for business last week. General Manager Ron Jackway said the business has been “packed” since it opened.

“The community seems to be pretty excited about having us,” Jackway said. “It’s been pretty much nonstop from about 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.”

Mike Fricke, of Suquamish, took his 4-year-old daughter Molly to Chuck E. Cheese’s Monday for a friend’s birthday party.

“(Molly) is having fun,” Fricke said. “She likes the Alley Roller.”

Brenda Holloway, CEC Entertainment Inc. spokeswoman, said the company carefully picks locations for future sites. Currently, there are 10 Chuck E. Cheese’s locations in Washington with the nearest location in Tacoma.

“We don’t have a lot in Washington, so that’ll definitely be a real nice location there (Silverdale),” she said. “We look for densely populated areas containing families with children ages 2-11.”

Chuck E. Cheese’s features animated stage shows, games and indoor rides for children. The business is a popular spot for children’s birthday parties, organizational parties and school fund-raisers.

“Parents and kids of all ages can enjoy Chuck E. Cheese’s one-of-a-kind animated stage show starring the magical mouse and his friends. Come for dinner and stay for lots of fun entertainment including skill and video games and skytubes,” Holloway said. “Cool indoor rides include a hovering helicopter, Wasteland and Mad Motion Theater.”

Pizza, a variety of sandwiches, a salad bar and various desserts are just a few of the food items served at the establishment. By playing games, children can earn tickets which can be traded for various prizes.

CEC Entertainment Inc. currently employs 17,000 full- and part-time workers. The Silverdale location is still accepting employment applications.

“There’s always someone out there that’s better than your worst person,” Jackway said. “If you don’t always take applications you’ll never find anyone.”

The first Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre opened in 1977 in San Jose, Calif. CEC Entertainment Inc. now has 531 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Chuck E. Cheese’s in Silverdale is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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