“It’s all about the family having a good time,” Stephen Sangermano, president of Edison’s Supercharged Entertainment, told NJBIZ before a ribbon-cutting during a media preview event at the venue last week. “When you come in here, it is our job to make it the best time of your day, week, month and year. And I promise you, we will.”
And while the new, 131,000-square-foot entertainment complex boasts the world’s largest indoor, multilevel karting track — it so much more than that.
Sangermano, who opened a first facility with his wife, Sandra, outside of Gillette Stadium in New England, said they were drawn to the Edison location because they wanted to be next to a Top Golf in a strong demographic area — noting how pleasant it was to deal with town officials.
“They’re the best town that we’ve dealt with so far,” he explained. “They gave their time. They gave their effort to us. They would answer questions immediately and come out sometimes twice in a day. They’re firm like they need to be, but they’re fair with their time, and that’s all we can ask.”
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NJBIZ recently previewed the opening of the new 16-acre complex, which also features luxury axe throwing, more than 140 arcade games, a two-story Drop & Twist Tower, bumper cars, food and drinks at Burgers & Brews, and much more.
“This is a fun place,” said Sangermano. “As you can see, words don’t do it justice. You really need to be in here and see it. It’s the largest in the world and it’s just fun for everybody.”
And he is right – words do not do it justice, it is not just about racing, but about entertainment and having fun.
The complex, which has received a ton of buzz on social media and beyond, opens its doors to the public Dec. 19 and Edison Mayor Sam Joshi believes the sky is the limit for its potential to impact the community.
“It’s very exciting,” Joshi told NJBIZ. “We welcome it. It’s an added benefit for our whole community, for our friends and family to make a lot of good, fun memories here. Edison is the most fun town around, and this just shows it.”
Joshi concurred with Sangermano’s assessment that adding this type of facility next to an already vibrant Edison hub – which, in addition to Top Golf, also includes a Tommy’s Tavern & Tap, Tio Taco & Tequila, Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and LA Fitness – has the potential to make it a destination.
“I’m assuming that within the next couple of years, if not already, more people from around the state will want to come here as a destination,” said Joshi.
“We’re going to put Edison on the map as Edison is putting us on the map because this is an amazing community,” said Sangermano. “I think we’re going to thrive off of each other. This is just going to be a fun day to come, a fun night to come. And the best thing is here we have something for 3-year-olds to 83 in this plaza. I think it’s just going to be great not only for Edison. We’re going to be drawing from miles and miles away.”
“We have here in Edison Township something that’s going to be a destination,” said Joshi. “This is going to be a destination for the tri-state area. We are making history today. I’m incredibly excited to open this.”
Joshi credited with the Sangermano’s for putting it all together.
In addition to creating an entertainment hub in Edison, the new operation will have quite an economic impact with more than 540 people hired with a priority on local hiring.
Sangermano says he and his wife treat their staff like family and he is particularly excited about the group assembled in Edison.
“This team is amazing,” said Sangermano. “We have so many great young women and men. We’re only as good as our people and we know that.”
Mike Dawson, director of operations, said the process of getting to this point was not without challenges – such as COVID, inflation, supply chains and more – but he is excited to officially open the doors of the complex, which he says has something for everyone.
“I’m at a loss for words, honestly,” Dawson told NJBIZ, reflecting on the past few years. “I’m just excited to open up, and we’re just happy to bring this to the town.”
Dawson stressed that at Supercharged, they do everything huge.
“We have huge tracks. We have a 40-foot tower drop ride. We have a massive, 140-plus game arcade. We got a lot of bumper cars, a lot of axe lanes, a huge bar and restaurant,” Dawson explained. “We just do everything big.”
Joshi said that he has done over 100 ribbon-cutting ceremonies this year but was particularly excited for this one.
“This is, hands down, going to be the most memorable ribbon-cutting ceremony to date and probably forever in my career,” said Joshi. “I’m incredibly excited because I love this town. I love this community. And we always wanted to have a family fun spot where we can go and enjoy and make a lot of memories.”o