The £4.5m laser combat venue is looking to open its first UK site later this year after plans to change the use of 25,000 sq ft of units at Barton Square were lodged with Trafford Council.
The application was submitted by Barton Square Limited, part of the wider Trafford Centre group of companies.
Under the plans, three first floor units at the recently revamped Barton Square at the Greater Manchester shopping mall would be amalgamated to accommodate Nerf Action Xperience, a laser combat entertainment venue.
A 4,000 sq ft mezzanine floor would also be constructed within the combined units.
Nerf, a joint venture between US games giant Hasbro and Salford-based Rocafella Leisure Group, opened its first site in Singapore in 2019. The Barton Square venue would be its second.
The three units to be occupied by Nerf were originally earmarked for use as restaurants following the £75m upgrade of Barton Square, which completed last year.
The arrival of Nerf at Barton Square, which boasts other leisure occupiers Sealife Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre, will “encourage dwell time within the shopping centre, attract levels of footfall and encourage linked trips, making a positive contribution to activity within the shopping centre”, according to a planning statement by consultancy WSP.
Cushman & Wakefield is the retail agent for Barton Square.