Four of the first stores to sign on to phase one of the "Legends at Sparks Marina" were announced Tuesday morning.
They are all new to the area...and new to the entire state.
The first is Dave & Buster's. It's a restaurant with video games, pool tables and shuffleboards.
A Saddle Ranch Chop House will also be moving in...the owner says it's like a nightclub, but with a mechanical bull in the middle of the dining area.
The third is hard to pin down. It's called T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure...and includes a restaurant, learning center and a retail store.
The fourth is a 235-thousand square foot sporting goods store called Sheels All-Sports.
The "Legends at Sparks Marina" is expected to open in the spring of 2008. Sparks mayor, Geno Martini knows that when it does, it will be an economic boon to the region.
The project will sit directly east of the Marina in what is now a vacant lot and the boarded up outlet shops. City officials this location, right off Highway 80, will attract both locals and tourists.
There's been a lot of talk about bringing a minor league baseball team to Sparks as part of the "Legends" project. Nothing has been confirmed, but Mayor Martini says the developer has some plans in the works...but unfortunately plans he can't share with the public yet.
STAR bonds fund the "Legends" project. They work by using the tax revenue generated by the development --that was built to help tourism -- to pay off the bonds.