New Bedford’s gaming arcade is getting bigger and here’s what to expect

A downtown New Bedford business is growing with new improvements.

Play Arcade is currently the new tenant on the first floor of 28 Union Street, which has been abandoned for some time. This expansion alone is a total game-changer (pun intended) for Play, and arcade owner Adam Katz is the mastermind behind the project.

“It was partial necessity and partial luck,” Katz said. “An opportunity arose after I jokingly asked my landlord Brian Marder if he would ever want to rent the first floor, and it turns out the space was also available.”

Marder, owner of Marder Trawling Inc. in New Bedford, had other offers and people were looking at the vacant location. Katz made his offer, hands were shaken and soon this year the doors of the new games room will be open to the public.

“He (Marter) really wanted to see us succeed and was so supportive throughout this project,” Katz said. “So many people have been behind us since day one and honestly, I couldn’t be more blessed. We knew in our minds it was going to be hard to pay for it, but we had to find a way to do it, and here we C’ was a risk-reward situation that we know will be worth it in the end.

This will be the third room added to the nostalgic 80s and 90s themed arcade which also features the work of local artists. Mark Carvalho and Fitzcarmel LaMarre are both local art teachers who created the existing art in Play’s men’s and women’s restrooms and will also play a key role in bringing back those beautiful memories with more personalized paintings from games. video, film icons and fictional characters. .

“I’m bringing in more artists from the area to add their custom work to the walls,” Katz said. “We are now finishing the life safety elements as well as the overall design.”

As for what to expect, Katz will set up a “fun” living room where people can relax and watch classic movies on what he calls “super comfy” chairs and sofas.

“There will be a lot more room and seating, especially for private parties, which will be a lot more cost effective,” Katz said. “We’ve already established a sit-down/family fun atmosphere. Now we want to expand it so there’s more room for everyone.”

As a bonus, 15-20 more games will debut once the renovation is complete, the paint dries, and all the issues are fixed.

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