First it was Batman versus Superman, then Captain America fighting Ironman - now rival trampoline park companies could be entering into a titanic battle for the same site near Chester.
Jump Xtreme and Flip Out are promising to bring huge trampoline arenas packed with family fun to the area.
They have submitted planning applications for units next door to each other at Chester Gates Business Park in Dunkirk.
Both companies say their parks will include ‘wall-to-wall’ bounce areas with basketball hoops, dodgeball and soft-play areas.
There will also be cafes and viewing galleries to make it the ideal place for parties and family days out.
Tattenhall -based Jump Xtreme could certainly draw on some local support. They already have a park in Bolton with two more sites opening in Tamworth and Altrincham.
Jump Xtreme managing director Cliff Nicholls said they had been looking for sites up and down the country and had originally bid for the next door unit which Flip Out are now likely to occupy.
He said: “It’s indicative of the market at the moment. There’s a bit of an arms race for sites, but it didn’t take us long to move over the planning application to next door.
“We won’t be giving up, we are very committed to getting this application through.”
An opening date in December 2016 is their current target.
Found between Chester and Ellesmere Port just off the A5117, Chester Gates is also very close to the M56 making it an ideal location.
Cliff said: “We are really excited. There’s nothing really like this in the Chester area at the moment.
“This will be on a completely different scale, it’s going to be really cutting edge as a family entertainment centre.
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“We are a local company and a lot of our investors are from the area too, so we want to make it our head office for our sites across the country.
“We will see what happens with the planning applications.”
Flip Out said they had secured a lease for their site earlier this month. They aim to be open by October.
Director Matthew Melling said: “We are aware that more recently, another trampoline arena has expressed interest in a site next door, but we don't know the status of that development.
“Trampoline arenas are really popular right now and a bit of choice and competition is healthy for the industry.
“What we do know is that we have tonnes of rave reviews about the friendliness of our staff and it is great that our arenas are suitable for everyone.”
Flip Out are hoping to expand from their sites in Stoke and abroad.
They say a £2m investment would allow them to open the 50,000 sq ft trampoline area and create 100 jobs.
Matthew added: “We feel confident our plans represent a flipping amazing leisure attraction for families in West Cheshire to experience all the fun that we have over at Flip Out Stoke, but with a venue that is double the size and packed with even more facilities.
“Our reviewers tell us what makes us different is our friendly approach with a focus on fun and a really good team of staff.”
Trampoline parks have been growing in popularity across the world with a similar, albeit smaller arena also in the works in Deeside.
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