Business hasn’t come to a halt amidst IAAPA, so let’s take a breather from that to shine a light on some new arcades opening up out there.
Kongs of Kings Opening A Bar/Arcade In Cardiff (UK)
(Thanks to Kieran M. for the tip)
A new bar/arcade is coming to the city of Cardiff with a focus on retro games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. With table football (foosball as we call it on this side of the pond) and a 900 person capacity, it should prove popular like their location in Bristol. More info can be found here at Wales Online.
Soda Parlor in Nashville, TN Expands by Adding Arcade Games; Re-Opens Nov. 26th
This business first opened in 2014 but I caught this tweet showcasing their expansion that includes the addition of a classic arcade game selection. The business will re-open this Saturday with what looks to be plenty of classic arcade goodness.
New Dave & Busters Opens In Silver Spring, MD
For gamers in or near Silver Spring, MD, the new D&B there will let you get your hands on many of the latest games in the industry. More info here.
The doors are open & the fun is springing up at the #GrandOpening of our newest store in #SilverSpring! View more: https://t.co/BEBOmBT1Nm pic.twitter.com/DkMUNMJxVB
— Dave & Buster’s (@DaveandBusters) November 21, 2016
All Amusement Fun Center Potentially Closing Due To Landlord Redevelopment
(Thanks to Mike L. for the tip)
Now for some bad news. LA Weekly calls it “the L.A. area’s last mall arcade” and with the new owners of the Burbank Town Center looking to redevelop and “refresh” the space, that means that rent rates are skyrocketing. For the All Amusement Fun Center that has been in that mall since 1995, that time spent and value added to the area counts for little in the eyes of the landlords who are looking for national brands to occupy the space.
They are trying to fight it with a petition to the CEO of the new owners but are also on the look out for a new location in case they have to move – which may lead them to leaving Burbank.
Hopefully it works out and if you are in the area, be sure to drop by and give them your support.
For the other arcades opening their doors, also get out and visit them if you are nearby – we wish them the best of luck in the business!
Mall locations have always bothered me when it comes to having a gaming center. The owners don’t realize that when they do close them down, they also limit a potential demographic that otherwise wouldn’t be visiting the establishment to begin with and this accounts for loss of profit to other retailers surrounding that area.
My city has suffered greatly because of this and has been a limitation to social avenues unless you really enjoy sports and alcohol.