Pop in for fun

26-11-19 POP Gaming. Pic of owner Vicky Mezzapesa. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

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.

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