Former Kmart space to become ‘family fun center’ founded by Kentuckians

Malibu Jack’s, a “family fun center” with games, bowling, playground, bumper cars and a restaurant, is taking over the space formerly occupied by Kmart at 2520 Nicholasville Road.

Malibu Jack’s is currently at 3025 Blake James Drive near Old Todds Road.

The new Malibu Jack’s is scheduled to open in next summer. The one on Blake James Drive will close then.

Malibu Jack’s offers indoor activities and event space year-round, according to a news release from the business. The Nicholasville Road spot, with 100,000 square feet, will double the Malibu Jack’s space in Lexington.

Malibu Jack’s also has a fun center in Louisville, near Interstate 64 and Blankenbaker Parkway.

Malibu Jack’s was founded in 2013 by brothers Jeff, Steve and Terry Hatton, who grew up in Lexington. Their father, Vernon Hatton, was Kentucky’s first high school basketball player of the year, in 1954, while playing for Lafayette High School.

He would later help lead the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to the national title in 1958.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman