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For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« on: February 01, 2005, 12:45:15 am »
From RetroBlast News: http://www.retroblast.com/news.php

Man Gives Away Video Arcade

No, it's not a hoax: a businessman in Claremont, N.H, is looking to give away The Jester's Court, a video arcade he started. Check out this article for the full story.

http://www.thewmurchannel.com/money/4147570/detail.html

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005, 02:25:07 am »
Could be retitled "Man wants someone to take over business in dying industry so he can go into something that will last".
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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2005, 07:35:20 am »
Could be retitled "Man wants someone to take over business in dying industry so he can go into something that will last".

Nailed it  :D

he can't keep up the RENT COST from the income he is getting from video games. In others words, HE IS GOING BROKE  :o
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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2005, 07:48:04 am »
I don't believe it!  Claremont is 45 minutes from here!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2005, 07:52:27 am »

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2005, 08:17:00 am »
any idea how to contact him?

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2005, 08:27:59 am »
I don't believe it!  Claremont is 45 minutes from here!

ummmm...so what do you have to lose?  Go check it out.  If they are so ready for storefronts, slap a pizza joint next to the arcade. 

Really, what do you have to lose?  Check out the contracts, check out the location.  See what its all about Peale.

I literally have *nothing* to lose!  Wow, I really need this.  Think I'm going on a road trip today!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2005, 08:38:15 am »
That is so awesome.  You should go check it out Peale.  It will be funny when they ask: "So are you familiar with arcade games?" ;D

Besides, look at the extra space you'd have for your collection.  Just keep the minty ones in back.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2005, 09:12:45 am »
I dunno.  I do believe I'm going up today to check things out.  I've got a ton of ideas related to gaming - game sales, tournaments, vendor related cross-promotions - so I hope I can win this guy's trust.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2005, 09:26:51 am »
That's not that far from me either... not 45 minutes but close enough where I could pitch in for Peale.  I don't care about a financial stake, I'd just love to be involved.

Seriously - if you think there's a shot, feel free to shoot me a phone call and I'll help out any way I can.
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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2005, 09:31:32 am »
Its about 2 hours from me, but if I can help let me know

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2005, 09:53:17 am »
Something doesn't sound right. Why would someone open up a brand new arcade in the middle of winter?
If it is turning a profit like he says, come summer time that place should be making a killing.

I hope this works out for you Peale, we could have a new meeting spot for the BYOAC New England meet-ups. If the dream does come true, I've a suggestion; caged go-go dancers!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2005, 11:03:06 am »
Something doesn't sound right. Why would someone open up a brand new arcade in the middle of winter?
If it is turning a profit like he says, come summer time that place should be making a killing.

I hope this works out for you Peale, we could have a new meeting spot for the BYOAC New England meet-ups. If the dream does come true, I've a suggestion; caged go-go dancers!

It has been open for 6 weeks.  My money is on the idea that he has other interests, personal and business oriented, to see the area revitalized.  I think it is a publicity stunt of sorts in order to draw attention to the town.  If that is true, it is a good attention getter as I can assure you alot more people know about Claremont, NH today than did yesterday.  From the pics on the town website and other resources it looks like a great little town.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2005, 11:13:29 am »
Claremont has been an up-and-down community for a while, much like it's sister town, Springfield, VT, where I grew up.  A lot of businesses went away, because there wasn't anything driving them.

And I can definitely say Main Street (where this is located) is nearly deserted.  I applaud this guy's efforts.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2005, 11:25:48 am »
Take note that it said the "games are rented". There's likely a contract there with the game supplier. Hopefully that could be ammended to allow x% to be your own 100% owned games, to reduce the overhead costs further. (Unless of course renting is the cheaper solution. It surely makes it easier to rotate inventory).

The problem with "dead" city centers like this is the need for what they call "destination" establishments. For example, Ikea is a destination store. People are willing to drive out there just for Ikea. It's then good for smaller businesses to set up shop around there, since people will be showing up for Ikea. In an area where it's all small shops with no one "name" to draw people to the area, then it's a battle to attract people and stay in business. So beware of that.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2005, 12:17:48 pm »
Currently my only problem with following thru with this is...what do I do with my kids?  Others have said to bring them along, but I really don't believe it's a great idea to take kids with you when you talk business.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2005, 12:27:35 pm »
Have you called and talked to the guy? Maybe you could meet up with him after business hours when your wife could handle the kids.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2005, 12:34:04 pm »
Not yet.  Heh...nervous.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2005, 12:35:32 pm »
I'd call as soon as possible, I'm sure he's gotten word from other interested people by now.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2005, 12:40:04 pm »
I'd call as soon as possible, I'm sure he's gotten word from other interested people by now.

Just tried.  The number just rings and rings.

I'll have to pay a visit.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2005, 12:40:57 pm »
Here's more news stories featuring the same guy: linky linky

It seems he was involved with shooting a movie in Claremont last year, and was pretty excited abou getting the town promoted.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2005, 12:45:07 pm »
Tell him your a moderator on BYOAC. I bet that will sweeten the deal enough to swing it your way Peale ;)

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2005, 12:47:51 pm »
SW: heh!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2005, 01:06:46 pm »
Bring the kids if you have to.  Do whatever you have to to get over there if you really want it.  If he's really interested in finding a good owner, bringing the kids shouldn't be a minus since you're just doing what you had to do.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2005, 01:11:29 pm »
I got ahold of the guys *mom.*  They're taking names and numbers, setting up appointments to talk to him and the landlord, and see who's truly interested.

It's situated right next to a coffee shop, aparently.  I'll be going in a while.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2005, 01:11:46 pm »
Sounds like a sound idea by this dude, he probably owns the shopping center and maybe the game distributer too. =)

Go Peale! Get yourself an arcade! For everlasting peace!  ;D

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2005, 01:15:48 pm »
Cool. Take some photo's!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2005, 01:26:12 pm »
Aparently, he does quite a lot of business in the area.  And he doesn't sound too old.  If what I've been reading is correct, his *mom* is only 47!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2005, 01:36:02 pm »
Aparently, he does quite a lot of business in the area.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2005, 02:06:52 pm »
That doesn't mean too much, my mother isn't a ton older than that.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2005, 02:31:30 pm »
Good luck, hopefully he'll be impressed by the experience you have with arcade machines. Hope you end up being the one who gets it!

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2005, 02:52:26 pm »
My thing is this: can I make enough money to support the arcade, AND my family?  That's a very important aspect.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2005, 02:58:24 pm »
My thing is this: can I make enough money to support the arcade, AND my family?

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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2005, 03:07:36 pm »
That's the thing; it wouldn't be "additional" income.  My wife won't be working after April.  She's going on maternity leave, and we've both agreed that her job is causing her undue stress.  So she's going to stay home, and I'm going to work.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2005, 03:19:13 pm »
That's the thing; it wouldn't be "additional" income.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2005, 03:21:38 pm »
Don't worry, I'm going to look into it.  If all else fails I can get a third job.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2005, 03:23:11 pm »
this would be pretty cool--BYOAC could own an arcade (by proxy through peale  ;D) imagine the sweet deals you could get through here!  Just don't tell anyone about the mame cab you stick in the back corner for VIP customers  ;)
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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2005, 03:23:30 pm »
If it's making a profit now, I would imagine that in April/May things should really start picking up.

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2005, 03:29:12 pm »
this would be pretty cool--BYOAC could own an arcade (by proxy through peale
« Last Edit: February 01, 2005, 03:31:26 pm by 1hookedspacecadet »

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Re: For Free: Your Own Arcade - Not Kidding
« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2005, 03:35:17 pm »
peale, if you get this arcade and dont put in a popn music machine i will be very mad =P
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