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Big Air Trampoline Park and bowling alley headed to Laurens

Laurens, South Carolina – With the planned opening this winter of a Big Air USA Trampoline Park venue, Laurens County will have new options for family fun without having to leave the county.
Jake Cooper, owner of Riverside Garages on West Main and North Harper streets in Laurens, has just signed off on a Big Air USA franchise and rental agreement and soon hopes to begin preparing the former BI-LO store into a combo trampoline park, bowling alley and indoor walking trail.
“I’m expecting to see the plans this week and at that point I will get them to the City of Laurens and hopefully start pulling permits to begin demo and renovations,” Cooper said, adding he’d like to be open before Christmas.
The businessman began looking into family entertainment options a couple of years ago, several years after he and his family moved to Laurens from Simpsonville.
He wanted something which would enrich the city and county he now calls “home.”
Just like other families who live along Highway 76 west of Laurens, Cooper had hoped to see a grocery store move back into the former BI-LO. When that didn’t happen after almost three years, Cooper asked the agents handling the store lease to reach out to Piggly Wiggly and all of the other grocery stores which had made inquiries. He didn’t want to prevent a store from coming there, and if the vacant building was considered too large, Cooper suggested sharing the space.
None planned a move, however, so after gathering more information, Cooper sought out the franchise and he’s rented the building for Big Air USA Trampoline Park.

The space is almost 40,000 square feet, so in addition to Big Air Trampoline, Cooper is planning to install a small bowling alley, a walking track inside the perimeter and a small restaurant.

“I’ve talked to church youth pastors who said they’re always taking their youth groups out of town, so they were excited to have an option here,” Cooper said.
Cooper began seeking a family-friendly entertainment business which could enhance Laurens County without competing with opportunities already here.
Big Air USA is based in California, but already has four locations in South Carolina.
“It’s a unique franchise,” Cooper said. “What drew me to them is because Big Air is family owned and it has some unique attractions. There are specifics to the park for each age group, so children six and under play in a dedicated space for the smaller kids so it’s safer.”
“We got very involved in Laurens as soon as we moved here,” Cooper said. “I live and work and worship in Laurens and this city has taken care of our family. I feel the need to give back. We looked around for a location and I liked the idea of it being close to where I work and live.”
Cooper expects the Big Air designers to have plans to him this week. He’ll be passing them on to City of Laurens Community Development Coordinator Madison Workman and City Administrator Eric Delgado.
“He’s already talked to us and the property is already zoned for general commercial so he wouldn’t have to go before the planning commission,” Workman said. “As long as everything’s done correctly, he can begin pulling permits and getting to work.”


  1. Charity Gary on August 4, 2023 at 10:42 am

    This is a Great project for Laurens County!!! Thank You Mr. Cooper for thinking of us as a Whole!!!! You are Appreciated!! Blessings to You!!🙏🙏❤️❤️

    • Daphne Smith on August 4, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      How can I apply for a job

    • Anna Dawson on November 9, 2023 at 8:19 am

      I would love to apply!

  2. Stephanie Lyons on August 4, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    How can my son apply for a job???

  3. Lisa Bodie on August 5, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    Thank God!!! Our kids will FINALLY HAVE A PLACE TO GO AROUND HERE!!! This is the best thing that’s happened for our kids around here in a long time!! Thank u so much!!!

  4. Adriane Holmes on August 6, 2023 at 8:49 am

    where can I apply for a job?

  5. DEBRA K JOHNSON on August 6, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    This side of Laurens needs a grocery store.

  6. Stephanie Schultz on August 6, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Just wanted to say I’m glad to see that some major improvements are coming to laurens! My son is super excited for this to be here.
    It’s nice to know there are people out there who really do care about our children! Hopefully this becomes a gathering place for teenagers as well as young children. Super excited to see this here soon!

  7. Ashley long on August 7, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    I have lots of management experience also I was a store manager and if you need any managers or assistant manager I would love to work for this company how do you apply and how soon are you looking into hiring to get help setting everything up

  8. Eve Merrill on August 8, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    My son(local high schooler) is looking for a job. How can he apply?

  9. Stephanie on August 9, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    Very excited! The community has needed something like this for a very long time but I do hope and pray that it doesn’t become ran down or poorly managed like everything else usually gets over time. If people and don’t follow the rules kick them out because if it’s allowed this place won’t be what we all have hopes that it will be.

  10. Carson on August 25, 2023 at 9:28 am

    I am glad that we have big air coming a big improvident but i would like to see a new grocery store on that side of town.

  11. June Adair on October 31, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Let me know when you will be hiring.

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