By Jessica Micallef
Get ready to pop in to Gisborne’s very first arcade.
POP Gaming is almost ready to open its doors to the public and it promises to be a trip down memory lane with classic vintage games.
Owner Vicky Mezzapesa said the plan to establish the arcade was prompted by a lack of entertainment venues close to home.
“It popped into my mind that we didn’t have an arcade where we lived and I thought it would be a good idea to make one,” she said.
“The planning sort of started five years ago but we didn’t quite get there. Then we had a treechange and … that plan from five years ago just came again. I couldn’t get it out of my mind.”
Mrs Mezzapesa has spent the past six months carefully planning the perfect arcade for Gisborne Village Shopping Centre.
“We have a lot of skill testers,” Mrs Mezzapesa said. “We have the claw-type machines, for the smaller children we have ones that require them to whack something or hit a target.”
POP Gaming is expected to open this month and will be open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.