Northeast Philly’s Topgolf driving range will open on Friday

Philadelphia golfers will soon have a new place to perfect their swing as Topgolf prepares to open its second location in Pennsylvania this week.

The installation of the sports entertainment company in 2140 Byberry Road in northeast Philadelphia opens Friday with a 9 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony the A 68,000 square foot, three-story driving range is located just off US 1 near Philadelphia Mills mall and features 102 air-conditioned strike stations, the company said in a press release.

Topgolf’s new location includes an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space. the The property will also have a bar and restaurant with dozens of drinks and traditional pub fare like wings, burgers and fries. it will be open From Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.

“We are thrilled to double down and build a strong connection to the Philadelphia community with our first location in the city,” said Genifer Grey, Director of Operations at Topgolf. “As a company focused on building roots and growing the game, we’re excited to give the community more opportunities to play.”

The building, which cost about $35 million to construct, is located on the former 27-acre site of Nabisco and Mondelez Bakery at 12000 Roosevelt Boulevard. The plant had approximately 300 employees when it was arrested in 2015but Topgolf claims the location will bring 400 permanent jobs to the city’s economy.

The chain purchased the site from Villanova-based real estate company Provco in 2019. Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2020, but work on the facility did not begin until April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company is also opening a King of Prussia location at 588 N. Gulph Road, on the former 48-acre site of the American Baptist Church USA. VSConstruction will begin in June and the company expects it to be complete by summer 2023, a Topgolf’s spokesperson said

Topgolf currently has 77 locations worldwide, with the the closest to Philadelphia being in Mount Laurel at 104 Centerton Rd. The company also has locations in Pittsburgh and Edison, Middlesex County.

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