Kids can’t help but enjoy a good bounce at the Maine Jump in Presque Isle. The Aroostook Center Mall’s inflatable paradise that has been open for more than a year, is now the only Maine Jump location in the state. The site in Bangor recently closed its doors – but that doesn’t effect the site here.
“Of course the same reasons that the Bangor location closed have been a struggle for us,” says owner Jenna Spoto. “Financially, it costs money to run a business and times are tough for business owners and for customers.”
Those reasons according to the Bangor Daily News, were management decisions and poor attendance. Spoto says they’ve had very limited contact with owner Ryan Hatch since the site’s closure, they did purchase a license agreement with the Bangor location back when they opened, and as far as she’s concerned they’ll keep operating under that name until they hear otherwise. In the last year the Presque Isle site has added new units, they’ve started a rental business, and they’re always working to expand their programs.
“We’ve been implementing parents night out, teen night, and trying to grow different things to make the Maine Jump not only a bounce house facility but a place for community members to come in and share of all ages,” says Spoto.
Spoto says in some ways the Bangor location closing could actually help them out — especially when it comes to equipment rentals.
“I think that that will bring some customers to us especially in the summer months when it has been a struggle for us, so I think that that will be a good opportunity to grow our customer base and grow and go further down the interstate,” says Spoto.
Spoto says in order to keep the facility growing and thriving, they rely on community support.