When you purchase a commercial real estate space, you can open up a business to begin in the store. Owning an arcade is a fun business to set up. Arcades attract children and families who are interested in playing and having a good time. There are also special considerations when it comes to owning an arcade for families. If you are interested in finding commercial real estate and setting up an arcade, here are some things to consider to avoid any issues.
Find a space with lots of sidewalks
If you are working with a real estate agent to purchase a commercial space for the arcade, you want to make sure that the space is easy for families and children to get in and out of. You may want to avoid heavy intersections or commercial spaces with little walking space. Situating yourself near good family neighborhoods or near schools is a great way to drive more traffic to your arcade by way of visibility.
Set up security cameras
Security cameras on the interior and exterior are going to be necessary for an arcade. Since you will most likely have change machines in order for customers to get quarters to play games and ATMs for parents to withdraw cash, you will need to make sure you have proper evidence in the event that the machine malfunctions or is stolen from. You want to make sure that safety is a number one priority so that children and families feel secure inside of your arcade. Be sure to select a space that can have cameras placed inside and at all of the entrances and exits. The cameras should cover several yards of space.
Surround yourself with other child-friendly businesses
Opening up an arcade that is near a business work block may not lead to a big crowd. Find family friendly businesses and areas in your town before you settle on a commercial real estate space. Stores such as children's clothing stores, malls, and family restaurants are a great place to site your arcade. Be sure there is space outside of your venue to advertise and set up signs. This will help families to identify your space and will cause kids to ask their parents to stop by.
Buy a space that has good depth, but is without stairs
The last thing that a family with small children or a stroller wants to have to do is climb stairs to play games. When looking for a space with your commercial real estate company, pass on the spaces that require arcade goers walking up flights of stairs. Select a space that has good depth so that dozens of games can be added to each area, along with space for eating. and a space for purchasing toys and other concession items.