It’s one thing when an arcade business has to close it’s doors due to poor business performance but it’s something else when the landlord shuts the business down simply because they want to “go in another direction”(of course what that really means is they probably found another business with more money that can muscle the arcade out). That is the sad case of Fun & Games in Auburn New York. The management at the Fingerlakes Mall decided recently that they want to go in a new direction and part of that meant closing down the arcade there, despite the fact that the business had always been on time with their rent. It sounds as though contractually Fun & Games has no recourse here with the management but on the bright side they are looking into relocating the business but that is always a proposition that is easier said than done.
When these things happen and the arcade owner has little say in what is happening with their own business, perhaps one of the more effective recourses is for the arcade’s customers to make some noise about it it directly to the management. Between hearing from consumers who shop at the mall and the possibility of this becoming something of an embarrassment to the managers, it could result in a reversal of the decision. Of course after this I wouldn’t blame the owner if he didn’t want to stick around the mall anymore but as long as it could buy them some time to find a new spot, then making a ruckus about it would be worth it.