Memphis, TN (3649 Hickory Hill Rd)

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Exterior, 2018


3649 Hickory Hill Rd, Store #970 also known as Hickory Hill was a Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese that opened on August 24, 1982 as a franchised ShowBiz Pizza Place with a Rock-Afire Explosion and closed on October 27th, 2020 with the 3-Stage. It was located in the Hickory Ridge Crossing shopping center.

History

Memphis (Hickory Hill) opened its doors on August 24th, 1982 as the 3rd Showbiz Pizza Place in Tennessee. They originally featured the Rock-Afire Explosion, as all other Showbiz locations did. It was originally a franchised-owned store. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout seen in many other stores across the United States and would eventually receive the 1988 remodel years after it would open. Fortunately, some documentation exists back in the ShowBiz days. Like many ShowBiz locations in the late 1980s, Memphis (Hickory Hill) received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade.

In around 1991/1992, Memphis (Hickory Hill) received Concept Unification which converted the show to Munch's Make Believe Band. They also received Phase 2 and a new exterior. In around the Mid-Late 1990's, Memphis (Hickory Hill) received another remodel which removed some early 90's decor and added new decor and SkyTubes. On September 16, 1996, the store was acquired by Corporate alongside 18 other locations including the other location on Austin Peay Hwy. Memphis (Hickory Hill) remained this way until around 2014, they received the 2013 Update to the 2003 "Cool Chuck" Reconfiguration / Major Remodel Initiative which involved removing the Showroom Walls, balcony Seating, and received a new exterior and also removing older 90's decor. They would remain like this until their closure on October 27th 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After their closure they would remain abandoned for a few months until in 2021 when a "Crazy Hot Deals" moved in. Currently, as of February 2023, they still exist.

Stages

Memphis (Hickory Hill) opened with the Rock afire Explosion in April 1982. Unfortunately, there are no photos or videos to exist of Memphis (Hickory Hill) with the Rock afire, or as a ShowBiz in general.

In 1991, Memphis (Hickory Hill) received Concept Unification, converting the Rock afire into Munch’s Make Believe Band.

In October 2020, Memphis (Hickory Hill) removed the 3-Stage because they closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion August 1982 1991 3rd Showbiz Pizza Store in Tennessee.
3-Stage 1991 October 2020 Underwent Concept Unification like every other Showbiz in Tennessee.

Animatronics

Character Serial Status
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 1-82 1-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Pasqually / Dook Larue 1-82 2-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 1-82 3-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 1-82 4-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 1-82 5-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Billy Bob 1-82 6-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 1-82 7-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 1-82 8-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Building / Sun 1-82 10-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Moon 1-82 11-5 Unknown/Destroyed
Antioch N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Wink N/A Unknown/Destroyed

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