The massive go-karts, VR attraction at the Mall of America has closed

It's opened less than 3 years ago.
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The go-karting and arcade attraction on the Mall of America's fourth floor closed abruptly last month.

Smaaash Entertainment USA only opened at the Bloomington megamall in December 2016, following a $12 million investment by the Indian-owned chain.

The MOA marked the company's first foray into the American market, but it ended suddenly last month, with Twin Cities Business Magazine first reporting it had shut down.

The signs at the venue were removed and all trace of Smaaash have been taken down from the MOA website.

"We can confirm that Smaaash closed at Mall of America on Sept. 22," an MOA spokesman told BMTN. 

"With change comes opportunity, and we look forward to sharing additional information on a new tenant for that space."

The virtual reality arcade, bar and restaurant, and two-floor go-kart track opened in 40,000 square-foot of space at the mall's less visited fourth floor, located next to Rick Bronson's House of Comedy.

Smaaash was the subject of a lawsuit filed in early 2018 by the Minnesota Vikings, which claimed the company had entered into an agreement with the Vikings, which saw the Vikings agree to provide digital and social media to the company, and arrange player appearances.

However, Smaaash allegedly failed to make two out of the four payments agreed with the team, the Business Journals reported.

The Star Tribune reported that Smaaash had been beset by complaints from customers, who objected to high prices and long lines for VR games.

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