A massive playground and party zone will take over part of the vacant Dick's Sporting Goods space at the Southlake Mall.

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Kids Empire signed a lease to take move into the former anchor store, Southlake Mall Marketing and Business Development Manager Kristyn Filetti said.

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The outdoor and sporting goods retailer moved across U.S. 30 to a new location 2644 E. 79th Ave in the outdoor The Crossing at Hobart mall last fall.

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Most department stores in malls own their own spaces, putting the mall operators in a difficult position to fill the space when the anchor stores close or go bankrupt.

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But Southlake Mall owns the Dick's Sporting Goods space and was able to find a new tenant in less than a year.

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"We're thrilled to have them come in and to have something else to offer our families," she said. "We're very excited."

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Southlake Mall management is also hoping to bring in one or more businesses to fill up the rest of the Dick's Sporting Goods space.

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Kids Empire has locations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Utah.

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People can book party rooms or just get admission for the day. Kids Empire sells snacks, pizza and birthday cake as well.

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