New ‘family arcade’ approved for Newbury

Newbury arcade planning
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Newbury Town Council has approved plans for a new family amusement arcade in the town’s Kennet Shopping Centre, operated by centre owner Lochailort Investments and stocked by local firm Corporate Amusement Services.


The “family-orientated business” will take the place of the former Prohibition Bar on Cheap Street, vacant since early 2017, and offer over 60 classic and modern arcade machines to a capacity of 30 customers.

“It’s an amusement arcade with a difference and a great opportunity to bring something new and exciting to the Kennet Centre and to that end of town,” CAS director Dave Field said.

“We’ll have motorbike games with a 30-inch screen, classic games like Space Invaders and Pac Man, and more modern stuff like basketball games. We also have Street Fighter but with a bit of a difference – we’re going to put a big screen where the staging area was in the pub.”

The arcade will have no over-18s area nor redemption machines, and will not serve alcohol.

Local councillor Phil Barnett told local newspaper Newbury Today that the new venue will help to “rejuvenate the town” and could serve to encourage “a wide range of people to come in and use the facilities.”

“This might be an opportunity for people who might not come in, to come in, and of course once they come in they might use other facilities.”

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