Escape Chambers planning Waukesha HQ

Company relocating offices, call center from Des Moines

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:14 pm

Escape Chambers plans to move its headquarters to an office in Waukesha, moving offices and its call center from Des Moines, Iowa, according to a conditional use application filed with the city.

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The company operates facilities in Chicago, Des Moines, Las Vegas, Madison and Milwaukee where participants are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to get out. Each facility has different rooms with different stories for the participants. The company says it specializes in entertainment for groups, including families, and corporate team building.

The Waukesha facility will be located at 2246 W. Bluemound Road in space owned by Hilltop Investments.

There will be 20 employees at the location, including management, the creative team and a call center, according to the company’s application.

The location will be the company’s headquarters and will also include four escape chambers to try out new concepts and ideas.

The application says the office will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the escape chambers will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Escape Chambers operates a location in The Shops of Grand Avenue and the company’s website indicates a Greenfield location is “coming soon.”

The Greenfield location will be licensed to John Majdoch, who plans to operate it at his Lightspeed Entertainment facility at 4251 S. 27th St.

Majdoch said he liked the concept developed by Escape Chambers founder Aaron Coy and wanted to replicate it without having to reinvent it. He began working with Coy and Escape Chambers and said the hope is his licensed location will show the concept can spread to other licensees.

Majdoch said the Waukesha location will give Escape Chambers a central location to try out new concepts. He said being in Waukesha and metro Milwaukee gives the company access to a good demographic spectrum.

“You’re really able to try stuff and verify that it works for everybody,” he said.

It will also cut down on travel for employees with fabrication taking place at one location instead of  on-site, he said.


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