No image to go along with this one but it appears that one entrepreneur is attempting to open up an arcade/party center in Temecula, CA. It sounds like an FEC will be in the works with the location featuring 20,000 sq. ft. of space and have over 200 games and will be called Game Point. If the city lets it open it sounds like it could be a nice center although from the article it looks like some have a problem with something that happened in the past with the owner and code violations.
It’s interesting to see how every place works out differently when it comes to opening certain types of businesses, in particular arcades. Some cities have hefty regulations and fees and require you to approach city commissions with your plans before hand. Others just require some paperwork and little else. It also can depend on how large of a facility you will open but I do hate it when I see some cities out there with extreme regulations that make it quite difficult, if not impossible to run an arcade. The other day I was talking with a gentleman who at one time wanted to open up an arcade in Evanston, WY but couldn’t do it because what the city was going to require of him was frankly insane – he could only be open from 3PM-6PM so the kids would have time to go and do their homework, certain games would not be allowed in his business, he could only open up in a particular building with 6,000 sq. ft. of space but to pay that rent with those ridiculous hours would be next to impossible, etc. I feel pretty fortunate that where I’ve opened my arcade has no fees for these games and the only thing they wanted was some paperwork and to check my electrical, it’s quite nice to have the freedom to not have to worry about jumping through bureaucratic loopholes.
Within the next couple of days we’re going to be taking a look at a cool arcade in Massachusetts, I’m just waiting on some more information but it’s been a while since I was able to do a location review and I would like to do more of those as I can.