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Laser Quest permanently closing venues amid COVID-19; Spokane location to reopen under new ownership

Canada-based Versent Corp. ULC is ceasing operations of its Laser Quest venues in North America due to COVID-19. The Spokane location will reopen under new ownership, according to the company’s website.  (JESSE TINSLEY/The Spokesman-Review)
Canada-based Versent Corp. ULC is ceasing operations of its Laser Quest venues in North America due to COVID-19. The Spokane location will reopen under new ownership, according to the company’s website. (JESSE TINSLEY/The Spokesman-Review)

The Canadian-based parent company of Laser Quest is closing its North American live-action laser tag venues because of coronavirus-related challenges, but its Spokane facility will reopen under new ownership.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Versent Corp. ULC announced it is ceasing operations because of the uncertain economic climate brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made continued operation “next to impossible.”

“Over the past 27 years, Laser Quest has brought fun to life with countless birthday parties, day camp and youth group events, plus numerous corporate and educational outings,” the company wrote. “As we bid farewell, we at Laser Quest want to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout the years.”

Laser Quest Spokane, which opened in 1994 at 202 W. Second Ave. in the former state armory building, is among eight venues listed on the company’s website that are to open under new ownership. The other locations are in California, Tennessee and Virginia.

“We are thrilled to announce that our location will be opening in the future under new ownership,” a statement on Laser Quest Spokane’s website said. “Our staff are busy ensuring the centre adheres to all safety guidelines set out by the local health authorities.”

Laser Quest Spokane and Versent Corp. ULC were not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

Laser Quest Spokane will be permitted to reopen in Phase 4 of the state’s ‘Safe Start’ reopening plan. The venue, upon reopening, will implement additional safety measures that include requiring face masks, limiting capacity, ensuring social distancing and enhancing cleaning procedures, according to its website.

Versent Corp. ULC opened the first North American-based Laser Quest venue in 1993 and at one point operated 36 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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