Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Jan. 5

POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) — Pooler could be getting cooler as it weighs adding two new family-oriented businesses.

On Jan. 9, the City of Pooler plans to discuss plans brought forth by Dave & Busters to add a new location at the Tanger Outlets.

“It’s a good atmosphere for adults and they have activities for kids but it’s like a big playground — it’s like a big Chuck E. Cheese for adults,” an excited Vivian Stewart said. “So, I would definitely visit as much as I can, [it’s a] favorite pastime for me to do with my friends.”

The restaurant and arcade would sit next to the candy/ice cream store near the old Johnny Rockets restaurant, according to Councilwoman Karen L. Williams.

Many people in Pooler were concerned with how this new development would affect a road system that is already very congested around the Tanger outlets. Pooler Mayor Rebecca Benton is aware of these concerns and invites the public to comment at the next council meeting.

“This type of business is something for teenagers, for adults, it’s positive recreation. I know it will cause traffic but that will have to be dealt with,” Benton said.

But the people WSAV spoke with didn’t seem too concerned about the traffic.

“It’s Pooler, so you’re going to get traffic either way it goes,” Ebony Harris said. “So, you’re going to get the traffic but you’re going to go to Dave & Buster’s, that’s the end result, so I want to go to Dave & Buster’s.”

The approval process will begin this month when the proposal is brought in front of the planning and zoning committee on Jan. 21.

On Dec. 19, city council also approved a height variance for Big Shot Golf Driving Range. Williams said the proposal is for the nets to catch sailing golf balls. If approved, the city will then debate its site plans where it’s expected to set up shop in the Mosaic Retail Center.

The City of Pooler recently received $8 million for infrastructure projects. Benton said she appreciates Rep. Buddy Carter who has shown support for these projects. 

In the past decade, Pooler has reached 28,000 residents in 2022. The money will help the city to better address the needs of developing areas.