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The county’s newest indoor entertainment center is tentatively set to open sometime in January at the Crystal River Mall and the owners need to hire 35-40 people to staff it.

Dave and Mellisa Perry, owners of Just Amuse Me!,  are hoping to get those people on board during a job fair Dec. 10-11 at 915 U.S. 19 (the county’s chamber of commerce and welcome center) in Crystal River.

Folks can stop in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The Perrys are looking for all kinds of positions and you don’t need prior entertainment or amusement experience. Mellisa Perry said those interested can fill out applications on the spot.

The new place is seeking the following:

- Attraction attendants

- Customer service representatives

- Concierge Representatives

- Greeters

- Food and beverage team members

Mellisa Perry said Just Amuse Me!will open in phases. The ax-throwing component will likely open first, followed by the rock climbing and electric go-karts.

The Perrys, who also operate Hunter Springs Kayak, said Just Amuse Me! will offer another option for tourists who come to Citrus County once they’re done manatee-watching or getting out on the waterways. Locals will also enjoy it, she said.

“We want to be able to create memories for tourists who come and visit us,” she said.

Dave Perry has said he hopes to have the entire center built out by early or late spring 2020.

Citrus County Visitors Bureau Director John Pricher said Just Amuse Me! can be included in marketing efforts.

“It’s an interesting concept for us,” he said. “It’s a product we didn’t have (in the county). It’s indoors, which helps because so much of our product is nature-based and when it rains, sometimes it’s hard to (find things to do). This fills a need.”

The new place should appeal to kids and adults, which makes it even better, Pricher said.

Crystal River Mayor Joe Meek called Just Amuse Me! an exciting venture and one that should help rejuvenate the Crystal River Mall.

“I think it will bring a lot of traffic to the mall,” Meek said.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or