Dave & Buster’s to launch 20 new FECs in Australia and India

Dave & Buster’s is opening 20 family entertainment centres (FECs) in India and Australia as part of its global expansion plans.

In partnership with the Malpani Group, the FEC operator will open 15 stores in India. It will launch five stores in Australia through a deal with NightOwl Entertainment.

Since announcing its expansion plans in 2022, Dave & Buster’s has committed to opening 31 new stores in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

Antonio Bautista, chief international development officer for Dave & Buster’s, said India’s “vibrant economy has ranked the country in the top five globally”.

On Australia, he said the country’s “dynamic market presents a significant opportunity for growth”.To ensure a successful international expansion, Dave & Buster’s has implemented several initiatives, including localised menu offerings, a dynamic pricing model, and global marketing programmes.

Jai Malpani, director of the Malpani Group, said Dave & Buster’s’ “expertise in family entertainment and dining experiences will complement our portfolio”.

David Heaton, founder and CEO of NightOwl Entertainment, added: “We’re incredibly excited to partner with the brand that pioneered location-based entertainment and continues to be the point of reference globally in this space.

“We’re confident that together, we’ll bring unparalleled experiences to our customers.”

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Texas, Dave & Buster’s owns and operates 200 venues in North America through its Dave & Buster’s and Main Event brands.

Dave & Buster’s has 152 stores in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Main Event operates 52 FECs in 17 states across the US.


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