Carpet may roll out soon for new arcade

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Game on.

A new arcade is in the works at 527 E. Main St., in the former site of Carpet One Modern Floors.

The opening of “Arcade-ia” is targeted for early May, said Andrew Largent, who is putting the business together with friend Rob Rosendahl.

The two are working on the business between their regular day jobs, and plan to continue those while the arcade gets going, Largent said.

The business — a virtual play land for gamers — promises retro and modern video games, air hockey, pool, darts and more.

Largent said one room will initially be set up with a 55-inch LCD TV and a couple of couches. It will be available to rent out for gaming. Eventually the vision is to have two such rooms for tournaments.

The idea, Rosendahl added, was to create another option of entertainment and recreation for people of all ages, but particularly younger people.

“We want to add something positive to Walla Walla,” he said. “There’s a definite idea that there isn’t anything for young people to do. There is actually a lot to do, but for some people there isn’t anything that they want to do.”

Apart from the arcade, Rosendahl has a mobile computer repair business, and Largent owns a delivery service that relies on contracts, including with Home Depot.

Largent said he’d long thought about an arcade as a business idea, but the upfront costs had always been a deterrent, especially considering profitability may be a slow process. In this case, his grandfather owns the building, and opening was more financially feasible, Largent said.

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