Hangar 38 landing in Dothan soon with food and games

City provides incentives but, in return, gets major development in a building “about to fall down”
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Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 1:09 AM CDT
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Hanger 38, a restaurant and entertainment center, could open in Dothan by year’s end, according to Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker.

Incentives that will provided to the developer have received final approval and much of the work has already been completed.

Overhauled at a cost of $1.6 million is the old Circle West Theaters building that has been vacant for over 10 years. “It was about to fall down,” said Parker of the 18,000 square foot structure.

The city will refund half of the four percent city sales tax collected by Hangar 38 to Commercial Consulting, Inc.. the building’s owner that has invested heavily in the renovations needed to rent the building. That incentive is for 10 years, up to a maximum of $750,000.

Secretary of State records list Dothan businessmen John H. Watson, Michael D. Conaway, and W.G. Hardwick as Commercial Consulting principals.

They will lease the building to Hangar 38 for its second location, behind the one opened in Tallahassee on May 4, 2019. “Hanger 38 owners believe Dothan is a natural fit for expansion and we couldn’t agree more. It’s like a Dave and Buster’s but with a different model,” is how Parker describes the business. Hangar 38 will also have a bowling alley.

Hanger 38 is expected to invest an additional $2.4 million in equipment, seating, and games that includes a bowling alley. It will employ up to 90 people.

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