Surf's Up Family Fun Center re-opening in Carolina Forest

Published: Apr. 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM EDT
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Surf's Up Family Fun Center in Carolina Forest is planning to re-open under new ownership in May. (File photo by Michael Smith | The Chronicle).

From the Carolina Forest Chronicle:

By Michael Smith - email

Carolina Forest is getting another economic jolt in the arm with the re-opening of Surf's Up Family Fun Center.

The Laser Tag Group, which is based in Great Falls, VA., acquired the 18,000 square foot amusement center in March 2012, according to the company's website.

A sign hanging Sunday in the front door of the business stated that Surf's Up plans to open in May.

"We will be re-opening in May under new ownership," the sign says. "We can't wait to wait to see you!"

The Laser Tag Group's website says it's a subsidiary of A representative from couldn't be reached as of this posting because its corporate headquarters were closed Sunday.

Horry County property records as of this posting still listed Ameris Bank of Columbia as the property owner. The property has a fair market value of about $1.71 million, according to county property records.

Surf's Up opened next door to the Carolina Forest Kroger in the summer of 2008 but closed two years later after falling into foreclosure and a receiver was appointed.

Surf's Up was listed as a defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit filed in 2009. The case was disposed in May 2011 and judgment of $10,615 was ordered in the case, according to the Horry County Public Index.

The business and its two former co-owners were also listed as defendants in a debt collections suit filed in 2010. The case was disposed in September 2011 after a $120.623.68 judgment was issued, the public index states.

Surf's Up Family Fun Center featured a laser tag arena, video arcade, pizza parlor and other amusements.

The Laser Tag Group's website says it opens seven laser tag arenas in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio, with plans to also open two new locations in Ohio and New Jersey.

Rick Rahim, the company's website, acquired its first location in February 2008, according to the website.

"Every one of our locations has a different theme and a very unique laser tag arena. If you have played in one of our locations, the next one you visit will be entirely different," the website says. "The Laser Tag Group is privately held with no investors or debt. We believe in organic growth fueled by our previous successes."

Read more on this story in the April 19 edition of the Carolina Forest Chronicle.