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PickleMall to Open 46K SF Pickleball Facility at Former Toys”R”Us

Picklemall to Open 46K SF Pickleball Facility at Former Toys”R”Us

Transwestern Real Estate Services represented Picklemall Inc. in a 46,000-square-foot lease at 5555 Town Line Road in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Transwestern’s Sports & Entertainment group, led by Managing Director Tim Katt and Executive Managing Director Larry Serota, is the exclusive real estate provider for Picklemall.

The site will serve as a flagship location for the company, which aims to establish 50 Picklemall facilities in the next two years. Picklemall’s Vernon Hills location takes the space formerly occupied by Toys “R” Us, and will be the startup’s second facility in addition to the first location in Arizona.

Picklemall is an indoor pickleball facility concept transforming vacant mall space into a climate-controlled environment where players can schedule games and improve skills through its mobile app and on-site technology. The company is led by CEO West Shaw and backed by billionaire financier and Major League Pickleball founder Steve Kuhn.


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