Alabama’s first Dave and Buster’s to open at Hoover’s Riverchase Galleria by the end of 2018

Dave & Buster's logo
Dave & Buster's logo
via Dave & Buster’s

Alabama’s first Dave and Buster’s will be opening in Hoover at the Riverchase Galleria by the end of the year, according to multiple reports.

As reported by Bham Now in February of 2017, the popular Dallas-based restaurant/sports bar/arcade is taking the place of the Forever 21 location near the Food Court, Vans “Off the Wall” and Belk.

Last week, Bham Now took a photo of the mall storefront where Dave and Busters will be residing.

Dave and Buster's Riverchase Galleria
Dave and Buster’s storefront at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The new establishment will be nearly  40,000 sq. foot in size and have a  restaurant and  sports bar with 150 – 250 arcade games.   Between 140 to 160 people are anticipated to be employed at the site.

Immensely popular nationwide, Dave and Busters opened its first location in Dallas in 1982, and now the publicly traded company has more than 15,000 employees at 90 locations in about 36 states.

Dave & Buster's arcade games
via Dave & Buster’s
A Renaissance at the Galleria

The opening of a new Dave and Buster’s at the Riverchase Galleria coincides with the re-development and opening of several other stores and restaurants within the mall’s commercial footprint. Other stores planning to open in 2018 include,  Carter’s baby store  (inside the mall) and Guadalajara Grill, that will take over the building  where California Pizza Kitchen was once located.

Forever 21, which left its space for Dave and Buster’s has already re-located to a smaller place  in the Galleria, near JC Penny.

The Riverchase Galleria is considered Alabama’s largest enclosed shopping center with 1.9 million square feet of total retail floor area. Its 160 stores and restaurants are also one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting customers from neighboring states.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.