Mac’s roller rink to reopen this Friday

Christi and Raymond Heflin stand in front of the roller skates for Mac's Roller Rink. Henry Cuvlyhouse/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — After six months of being shuttered, Mac’s Roller Rink is set to reopen Friday under new ownership.

Raymond and Christi Heflin, of Front Royal, purchased the rink in September after seeing the property was foreclosed and up for sale. Established in the 1950s, Mac’s Roller Rink has been a staple on Route 522/340, said Raymond Heflin.

“When I was kid growing up in Culpeper County, my church would come up once a month to go to Mac’s,” Heflin said. “It’s a landmark of sorts.”

Five years ago, the rink was bought and renamed “The Midway Rollerrama.” Christi Heflin said when she and her husband bought it, they changed it back to the original name.

“Everybody still knows it as Mac’s,” Heflin said. “Everybody knows where that is, so we just wanted to continue with that.”

According to Raymond Heflin, one of the couple’s main motivations for purchasing the roller rink was their 12-year-old daughter.

“I think for the most part, the age bracket from 4 to 16 are looking for something to do other than sit on the couch,” Heflin said. “Having a 12-year-old child who is very active has motivated us to provide kids with a clean, safe, fun environment.”

Christi Heflin added that their daughter has acted as consultant for the venture.

“We go to our daughter to ask what kind of music do kids want to listen to, what kind of games do kids want to play,” Heflin said. “We had her basketball team out here, so they were are first little test group.”

The Heflins operate two Alcova mortgage-lending offices, one in Front Royal and the other in Warrenton. Raymond Heflin said when they decided to purchase the roller rink, they experienced a learning curb.

“You know, it’s like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it,” Heflin said. “We’ve been learning quite a bit, trying to figure out what the kids want.”

After purchasing the facility, the Heflins decided to repaint the walls, install new carpet, replace the counters and open up a pay window at the front door. They also purchased new roller skates from an auction of the Stoney Creek Roller Rink in Woodstock. According to Christi Heflin, their rink’s start-up cost was limited.

“They left everything behind,” Heflin said. “The skates, the arcade games, the lights. They left it all. We could’ve opened right there and then.”

The roller rink will be family run, with the Heflins and Christi’s mother operating the facility. Once the rink is up and running, the Heflins said they may look into hiring two part-time employees.

Currently, the Heflins are selling prepackaged treats such as candy and ice cream. However, as business improves, Raymond Heflin said they plan to look into acquiring a food permit to serve pizza and popcorn.

“Right now, we’re trying to keep things as simple as we can and get the doors open,” Heflin said. “We want to build the business first, then try to expand the business from there.”

Mac’s Roller Rink is located at 5030 Front Royal Pike, Front Royal. It will openat 6 p.m. Friday and stay open until 11 p.m. Operation hours will be Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $2. Birthday parties are $125 and organizations can rent the rink during the week for range from $75 to $200, depending on the number of skaters.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com