Silvertime Amusements Ltd has submitted plans to convert a former bar in Watford town centre into a new AGC and arcade, set to “enhance the vitality and viability of the area.”
The High Street site, currently vacant after Rift and Co left the premises in 2018, would become the operator’s tenth retail venue if a change of use is approved by council planners.
“There will be no harm to retail vitality or diversity,” states the submission. “The proposed change of use will create new employment and there will be additional investment by the applicant.”
“The proposal would maintain and enhance the vitality and viability of the area.”
The gaming area would occupy the ground floor of the two-storey site, with toilet facilities and staff facilities on the first floor.
If approved, the AGC will become the third on Watford’s extensive high street, and join several Silvertime Amusement venues across London, including in Barnet, Brent, Chelsea, Kensington and Westminster.
“It is generally accepted that this kind of establishment attracts the same kind of person as nearby retail shops. It also attracts them in similar numbers.”
“The proposal would have the appearance of a shop but with the guarantee of a window display.”