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A retro arcade is poised to make its home at the location of the Arrington & Andrews country store and deli, situated on Virginia 122, approximately one mile north of Liberty High School. This exciting development comes after receiving zoning approval on Monday from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

The Board, voting unanimously, granted a special use permit for the arcade and game room. This unique entertainment venue will repurpose the existing 3,000-square-foot auto shop on the property, as confirmed by the county.

Situated on a 6-acre parcel at 2907 Big Island Highway, the location is zoned as Agricultural Residential, necessitating the need for a special use permit. Notably, the permit will not encompass any form of gambling or skill-based games.

D.W. Lawhorne, representing applicant James W. Andrews, expressed the vision for the establishment: "What we are looking to have is a family-friendly place, a retro arcade featuring pinball machines, skee ball, Pac-Man, and all the beloved classics from your childhood." 

"The ability for families to enjoy games and have a great time together is our primary goal," Lawhorne continued. "We simply want to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for people to share with their loved ones."

Andrews' application underscores the economic benefit this transformation will bring to the county. Lawhorne explained that all games will be set to free play, with customers paying an admission fee and enjoying unlimited playtime within regular business hours. "We plan to have all the games readily accessible—customers will pay a modest fee and enjoy unrestricted gameplay," Lawhorne emphasized.

Furthermore, special events are on the horizon, with Halloween festivities being just one of the planned attractions. The arcade will uphold strict policies against alcohol, vaping, and smoking, as per Lawhorne.

Supervisor Charla Bansley expressed her enthusiasm for the prospect of increased social activity among children at the new location, offering them a fun and engaging alternative to smartphones. Supervisor Mickey Johnson echoed this sentiment, seeing the arcade as a valuable option for local youth seeking entertainment unrelated to their mobile devices.

Supervisor Tammy Parker added a touch of nostalgia, musing that she wishes the game room had been available during her time at Liberty High School, playfully remarking, "Because I know where I would have been."

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