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Dart Rush Closing at Newport on the Levee

This story has been updated to include comment from Newport on the Levee.

Another business is vacating Newport on the Levee as North American Properties continues its reimagination of the riverfront destination.

Dart Rush, in an email to fans, announced its forthcoming closure this week.

"We have some bummer news to share with you. We will be permanently closing Dart Rush this weekend on Sunday, March 1st," the email read. "The team at Dart Rush was notified of this within the past couple of days so we apologize for such short notice."

According to the email, Dart Rush was unable to reach an agreement with Levee officials for a long-term plan.

In recent months, Barnes & Noble and Dewey's Pizza have followed others in closing their Levee location, though Dewey's left open the possibility of a return when the renovation work is completed.

Dart Rush offered visitors the opportunity to play with Nerf blasters.

The company said that it will fully refund all bookings set for after its March 1 closing date and will also refund gift cards purchased after February 24.

"As of right now, we do not have plans to open another location but we will keep you posted if those plans change," the email read.

A final weekend of celebration is set for this weekend during normal hours, with 30 percent off play when using the promo code "LastRound". All merchandise is 50 percent off. All blasters will be for sale for $10 after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Newport on the Levee issued the following statement about the departure of Dart Rush:

"To deliver on the vision for the new Newport, we have to make way for change. This is a complex redevelopment project that involves knocking down walls, adding community greenspace and curating a merchandise mix that will be successful in delivering a welcoming and magnetically social environment to new tenants and our guests. As part of the transformation, we're physically reconfiguring the retail footprint. Some tenants like Dewey's will relocate to newer and better storefronts within the Levee. Other tenants like Dart Rush will close to make way for new concepts.

"Our leasing team has scouted the region for great chef-driven restaurants, and fun entertainment will be announced for this summer season during construction. We always welcome feedback from the community, and in March, we are launching a campaign on social media that invites the community to co-author the experience with us. We are looking to source ideas and recommendations on vendors, entertainment and events. During the Winter Village at the Levee, the overwhelming response of 700+ applications shows our guest involvement, so we will track public input and share progress along the way. We look forward to announcing more details soon regarding the redevelopment plan and construction timeline."

-Staff report

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