Arcade Club, a venture started in a shop-front in a small town, growing quickly to occupy the arcade we built together has now moved to a new location in Bury, Manchester.
The club has moved to a spacious 6,000 square foot 3rd floor venue just outside the town centre of Bury called “Ela Mill”.
The first incarnation, opened November 1st 2014 had 30 games and operated as a trial run – nowhere had really had an “arcade” since the mid 90’s with every commercial venture leaning towards fruit machines and other betting/skill games to stay commercially viable.
The trial proved hugely successful and they took the plunge to move to the custom built venue we had been working on at York Avenue, Haslingden which could show over 100 games.
Following coverage by BBC2’s Collectaholics, visitor numbers soared and moreso, sustained, with numbers regularly reaching 100 visitors on a Saturday, it was decided to open on Sunday also. Success regrettably also brings responsibility and to run a good business you have to consider its longevity and the impact on your neighbours so a new venue was sought which would allow for expansion.
While it was attempted to look for a venue locally and stay within the area, nothing suitable was available so the difficult but right decision was made to move a further 9 miles to Bury.
BBC1 again filmed during the summer for Inside Out and the show aired just after Arcade Club closed its doors at York Avenue for a 1 week break to move.
This is the perfect evolution for the venture allowing space for well over 200 video games, pinballs, consoles and computers with a bar area filled with cocktail table games and soon to be serving refreshments.
RGP work uniquely together with Arcade Club to share our machines with the visiting public and provide technical services.
New Address: Ela Mill, Cork Street, Bury, BL9 7BW
Cost: £10 adults, £5 children
Opening Times: Friday 6-10pm (over 18’s only), Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 2pm-10pm