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Victor Zhong is used to hearing the sound of children laughing and playing on the indoor playground equipment at his Charlottetown business PandaFun.
But these days, the site is silent, and the playground equipment sits unused.
"It's very quiet," said Zhong, who opened PandaFun on 9 Jordan Cres. (off Allen Street) in 2017. "I'm so sad this situation has to be changed."
Last week, Zhong announced on PandaFun's Facebook page that the business was closing and he is selling the playground equipment. Zhong explained that he wasn't able to come to a new lease agreement with his landlord, and he hasn't been able to find another suitable place large enough to relocate the business.
PandaFun has three employees, and numerous customers who have reached out about how sad they are to see the business close.
Zhong is refunding valid gift cards and multiple play passes but some customers don't want a refund. Instead, they want to keep those items as a way to remember the business, he said.
Zhong, who moved to Charlottetown from southern China, is grateful to his customers and the community for the support he's received.
Parting with the playground equipment is difficult for Zhong, but he sees a bright side in the fact that wherever the equipment goes, children will still be able to enjoy it.
And Zhong hasn't closed the door altogether on the idea of reopening the business in a new location at some point.
"A new future, not so far from here," he said.
Looking back, a memory that stands out for Zhong is seeing children grow and change from when the business first opened more than three years ago to today.
"It's a very beautiful thing," said Zhong.