SPT 1992 Remodel Program

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Artifact Shelves and updated showroom booths with planters.



The SPT 1992 Remodel Program was a company-wide initiative driven by ShowBiz Pizza Time to refresh the Chuck E. Cheese’s brand and increase profits amongst its locations.

This remodel initiative is commonly and incorrectly referred to as Phase 1 (1994), Phase 2 (1997), and Phase 3 (2000), which were instead game and entertainment packages.

History

In their 1993 Annual Report, ShowBiz Pizza Time announced a growth in revenue but a slump in sales across existing restaurants as opposed to new locations. [1]

At this time, the company finalized Concept Unification, and adopted the “Chuck E. Cheese’s” name for all locations, partnering with the J. Walter Thompson Agency of Chicago to roll out new and marketing campaigns in February 1994. In the report, the company expressed plans to introduce new games and rides in the fiscal year 1994, along with initiatives to update the guest experience through “a rework and upgrade of our prize merchandise area.” [1]

ShowBiz Pizza Time also introduced many upgrades to the guest experience separate from the remodel initiative, which includes Kid Check, Toddler Zone, and the “phased” packages. However, it should be noted that the introduction and updates of these fixtures were not tied to the remodel initiative, and instead were upgraded on their own or introduced through a new store opening.

Enhancements

The “CEC 1994 F.Y.I. Video” which was given to all locations provided insight on the upcoming changes within new and existing locations.[2]

According to the Director of Design, Doug Hailey, in an interview with Duncan Brannan:
The best thing we’ve got going for us now is [that] we’ve moved to a real contemporary look… we’ve gotten a lot brighter, a lot lighter… we’re doing a lot of lighting effects in the store now, it’s a lot more [of] an exciting environment than it was before.
According to the Director of Facilities, David Hurst, in an interview with Robert Gotcher:
I’m really excited about the opportunities this year to update some of our older stores… it’s been a real challenge of the company to come back this year and invest our money wisely and try to get some growth out of our older stores that have been neglected somewhat over the last few years.

Exterior

Most locations that received the remodel dropped the “Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza” logo for the updated “Thumb Chuck” logo, which said “Chuck E. Cheese’s” to align with current branding. Exterior checker patterns over windows were hidden by red awnings which had a yellow border. The lettering for “Chuck E. Cheese’s” was a red and yellow gradient, and the logo fixtures had a vibrant green trim.

Interior

Locations were fitted with subtle rainbow carpeting, theater lighting, and crown molding with indirect rainbow-colored lighting. Wooden signs were introduced within locations to denote areas and attractions, along with an updated décor package which were showcased by spotlights throughout the store.

Wooden signs and décor used in the remodel can be found in CEC Art Packages, under the following sections:

  • 1993-1996 Décor, Signage, Magazines (Graphic Décor predates the remodel initiative)
  • 1998 Graphic Décor, Signage
  • 1999 Graphic Décor, Signage
  • 2000-2001 Postcards, Signage

In the gameroom, new booths were introduced which had light wood textured seats with vibrant red and blue back cushions, and a vibrant green front. Tables were made of gray laminate. To separate rows, light gray wood paneling was used with a natural red wood trim.

In the showroom, new booths and chairs were introduced, which were black with muted green cushioning. Tables were made of light wood textured laminate. Additionally, the showroom begun to feature Artifact Shelves which consisted of retro and pop-culture décor. These shelves were placed on both sides of the stage.

Lastly, the ordering counter, prize counter, beverage selection, and salad bar areas were enhanced to match the overall appearance with wooden signs replacing the previously used neon signs and interior awnings being removed from each section.

Gallery

The below images come from Irving, TX (3903 W Airport Fwy).[3][4]

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