Plaza Fiesta closing its doors; Cabela's moving in

Plaza Fiesta closing its doors; Cabela's moving in

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 9:42 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- In just two weeks a favorite local play and lunch spot is closing its doors for good. Outdoor chain Cabela's announced it's moving in and Plaza Fiesta is out, which has local parents and the businesses reacting.

“I put my life, my heart, my everything, and it's so so sad, really sad," said Café Fiesta owner, Etelbina Beltran.

Beltran has invested seven years of her life and money into her business Cafe Fiesta. Now, she's devastated she'll no longer get to serve ice cream to parents and kids here.

"I love kids; I love the screaming and everything," said Beltran.

Plaza Fiesta is the largest indoor playground in the southeast; parents say they're sad to see it go.

"It's nice because you have the wristband, and it's all closed off so they can't get out and you can sit and talk but watch them at the same time," said mom, Michele McDowell.

"I don't think Charlotte has too much to offer like that, indoor and all age groups," said mom, Amber Doolan.

Plaza Fiesta offered not just play but authentic Hispanic food. Doolan says she's sad for her girls; her husband is sad for his favorite lunch spot.

"He's probably just as disappointed as me and the girls because it was quick, easy, really inexpensive great food," said Doolan.

In December, outdoor sporting chain, Cabela's announced it bought the space. The indoor mall catered to the Hispanic community, but some moms say it’s a shame the businesses weren't more popular.

"I think it's disappointing but I kinda understand because I think a lot of people come to the playground and food court, but there's not a lot of people shopping and going to the businesses so that might be part of why it's closing," said Doolan.

Now business owners like Beltran are left finding somewhere else to set up shop.

"That's my business, I love this place; I put my money, my time," said Beltran.

All the businesses must be out and the doors close for good January 31. No word from the owners if the playground will reopen somewhere else.

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