An entertainment and shopping experience combing furniture and food is coming to New Haven.
Jordan's Furniture is opening its first and only store in Connecticut. On Wednesday, Eyewitness News got a sneak peak of what shoppers can expect including the world's largest indoor ropes course.
Jordan's is going into the old New Haven Register building on Long Wharf Drive. The store's CEO Elliot Tatelman said there is no reason shopping can't be fun especially because of the gigantic ropes course.
As for the city, Jordan's will now be the second huge retailer setting up shop in the Elm City with officials hoping to turn that area into a destination.
Crews were working around the clock on Wednesday to get Jordan’s Furniture ready for its December grand opening.
Furniture will shortly fill the showrooms. However, the ropes course will be in the back of the building on Long Wharf Drive that used to house the New Haven Register's printing presses.
"This room is going to be magical,” Tatelman said. "Everybody is going to walk into this room and be like what in the world is going on. I guarantee it."
According to Tatelman, the new attraction will be the world's largest indoor adventure ropes course. Thrill seekers will harness in and experience two rigs, 60 feet high in the air.
The course features ropes, swinging beams, planks and even a free fall. Then, there is the 200-foot zip line over a fountain that's all part of a water and light show.
"The size and scope of this adventure ropes course has never been done in the world before,” Tatelman said. “A water show, zip lining over a water show, you get wet."
There will be a smaller ropes course for kids along with a place to get pizza and ice cream.
The draw is to get shoppers walking past the displays and maybe even make a purchase before reaching the entertainment. With Jordan’s joining IKEA, which is just down the road, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said she feels this stretch can be a destination.
"If you want to buy furniture, we've got it here in New Haven,” Harp said. “But not only do we have the furniture, you're going to have a god time."
"We realize fun is better than a sale,” Tatelman said. “If you can have great product, great people, good values and give them fun at the same time, it’s a real win."
There will be a private opening party on Dec. 10. Eyewitness News was told Warren Buffet, whose company bought Jordan’s back in 1999, will visit the New Haven store on that date. It’s grand opening on Dec.11 at 5 p.m.
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