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Work is underway at the former Sears store at Hamilton Place mall to ready that space for reuse. A Dick's Sporting Goods store and Dave & Buster's restaurant are among planned new tenants. / Staff photo by Mike Pare

This story was updated Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at 9:55 p.m. with more information.

The Dave & Buster's restaurant and entertainment complex, slated to open March 16 at Hamilton Place mall, has begun hiring to fill 240 jobs.

The positions include servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and others for full- and part-time jobs, according to the company. Interested candidates can complete an online application at daveandbusters.com/careers.

The 30,000 square-foot restaurant and entertainment hub will feature hundreds of the latest arcade games, state-of-the-art D&B Sports Bar filled with dozens of high-definition TVs.

"At Dave & Buster's, we pride ourselves on creating an energetic and engaging work environment for our employees to thrive on," said Dave & Buster's Chattanooga General Manager Leslie Suarez in a statement.

The Dave & Buster's will go in the remake of the former Sears store that's taking place on the opposite side of the mall. Dick's Sporting Goods also will relocate from across Gunbarrel Road to a portion of the former Sears space. A

There are two other spaces which aren't yet leased up, according to mall owner CBL Properties. But work has started in the former Sears parking lot for the city's first Aloft Hotel.

CBL Properties announced Thursday it is pursuing a similar approach by adding a Dave & Buster's as part of its redeveloping of an abandoned Sears store at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

"Our primary goal in the redevelopment of the former Sears at Cross Creek is to add family-friendly entertainment and attractive eateries to one of our most productive properties," said Stephen Lebovitz, chief executive officer for CBL Properties. "As we plan for the next phase of the Sears redevelopment, we are exploring additional restaurants, specialty stores and other uses that will further enhance Cross Creek's dominant position in the market."

Construction on the new Dave & Buster's in Fayetteville is already underway.

Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc, headquartered in Dallas, operates 119 restaurant and entertainment complexes throughout North America.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6318. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.

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