Eau Claire, WI (2221 Eastridge Center)

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2221 Eastridge Center was a ShowBiz Pizza location that opened on April 30th, 1987 in the Eastridge Shopping Center. They closed in 1989 at an unknown date, after two years in operation. It was rumored that this location was the shortest lived in the world but it was proven false after the discovery of the San Antonio, TX (8300 Marbach Rd) location that beat it by over 1 year. After they closed, they became a Circus Pizza for a short period until they closed in 1991.

This store is notable for being the first location to open with a final version of Chuck E.'s House, also known as the Rocker Stage. They were the second overall, counting the early version at the Arlington, TX (2216 S Fielder Rd) store. They were likely the first location to close with a Rocker Stage, having never replaced theirs.

History

Eau Claire opened on April 30th, 1987, in the Eastridge Center, one of the earliest modern Chuck E. Cheese's locations, being the fifth overall. This location housed the second Chuck E.'s House, and the first final version. This location got the 1988 remodel in 1988-1989 which got rid of most PTT decor, changed the name to Chuck E Cheese’s Pizza, and added checkers around the building. This location was short-lived, closing in late 1989, two years after opening. This would make it the one of the shortest-lived Chuck E. Cheese's ever. No images exist or are known to exist of Eau Claire anywhere, and no videos have surfaced either, due to this location's short lifespan.

Post Closure

After they closed in 1989, they would become a Circus Pizza restaurant, possibly getting a Rock-afire Classic Stage installed at the location. This location closed in 1991. The building it was housed in is now a Highland Fitness, with most, if not all remnants removed.

Stages

This store had the first final Chuck E.'s House and the second overall and would keep it until closure.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Chuck E.'s House April 30th, 1987 Late 1989 Second Chuck E.'s House installed.
Rock-afire Explosion (persumed) 1989/1990 (persumed) 1991 (persumed) Unknown if installed or not

Animatronics

Animatronic Manufacturing Date Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown
Helen Henny (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown
Mr. Munch (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown
Jasper T. Jowls (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown
Pasqually (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown
Singing Flowers (Cyberamic) 1987 Unknown