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Posted on Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 8:18 a.m.

Zap Zone expands, moves from Ann Arbor to Pittsfield Township

By Lizzy Alfs

Zap Zone, a Michigan laser tag and arcade chain, recently relocated from Boardwalk Street in Ann Arbor to Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township.


Zap Zone recently relocated to 4177 Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township.

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The franchise's new location, which opened last week, is at 4177 Carpenter Road, next to Ann Arbor Transmission and directly across the street from Rave Motion Pictures.

The move gives the business prime frontage on Carpenter compared to its old location in an industrial park at 2809 Boardwalk Drive.

The Zap Zone franchise owner, Gaz Ismail, could not be reached for comment to discuss the move over the last week.

It also allowed the business to expand in size and add more attractions, such as bumper cars and a larger arcade selection, according to the Zap Zone website. Food will also be served at the new location.

Zap Zone’s new hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 12-9 p.m on Sunday.

There are seven Zap Zone franchises in Michigan.

Lazer Planet, a similar laser tag business, opened in late 2010 in downtown Dexter.

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Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

Not sure where you got the information about its old location, but the strip mall on Boardwalk is not an industrial park. It has a dance studio, a gym, a church, a daycare center, and a few other small businesses. It was also located next to Ann Arbor's public preschool. Not sure how that's an industrial park...

Darth Pablo

Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 5:24 a.m.

Wow!!! This is great news. 11 years ago.


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 12:05 p.m.

Wat? This is the first I heard of it. I noticed Zap Zone was missing on Friday when I was on Boardwalk. Now if the can just get Whirlyball next door and out of the weeds too....


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 2:47 p.m.

The one in Canton near Haggerty is much nicer and cleaner too. I have not frequented the one in Ann Arbor because of its size and location. If it has glow putt putt we might, otherwise the one in Canton is pretty cool. Good luck on the move. I am also thinking this use to be the location of GFS.


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

The new Zap Zone is where Gordon Foods USED to be before the moved to their current location next to Lowe's. After Gordon Foods moved, that building was a Chinese grocery for a short time.


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

Yes Gordon's is still there and they are doing fine.It's across the street from the Cinema 10,000 ( or what ever )


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 5:42 p.m.

Gordon Food Service is at 3800 Carpenter Rd., different location.


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 12:56 p.m.

Congratulations on the move. We were there opening night and we love your new place! Now to learn the new maze.

Lac Court Orilles

Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 11:11 a.m.

I find it interesting that Mr. GAZ ISHMAIL cannot find time to communicate with after receiving "free publicity." Where is Mr. GAZ?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 12:44 p.m.

Well, clearly since this article is about CAPITALISM, Lac thought it best to put the gentleman's name in all caps. Right? Because what other purpose would there be?


Sun, Oct 23, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

Awe.... gee. I'll take a wild guess that he's probably very busy moving and getting everything ready. Please watch your tone. Not sure what you were inferring with the all caps in his name either but it doesn't set well. America is a melting pot not a George Foreman grill.


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

Lac...Ed made a good point ( I hate it when he does that ) And all it said he couldn't be reached. So what ? I hardly think A2 put a lot of effort into reaching him for something this minor

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 1:15 p.m.

I'm curious, Lac, Any reason you put his name in all caps? Were you trying to make a point? If so, what is it? Good Night and Good Luck