Pinball Wizard in NH Closing?


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11 months ago


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    #1 11 months ago

    So sad
    By the end of the year sara told me
    So who wants to give me a loan
    Go play

    #2 11 months ago

    I've never been there, but I think this is more important news than Batman 66. So sad to hear.

    #3 11 months ago

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    #4 11 months ago

    It's because of that one guy who started the thread complaining about MM isn't it? Where is my pitchfork?

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    #5 11 months ago

    Wow. What a shame. This place is immaculate every time I go and all the machines are in great working condition.

    Sadly, their location (in a random strip mall in Pelham, NH) doesn't seem to bring in a lot of business and the place is nearly empty every time I go. Without something else going for it (food, drink, good location), I don't see how they could have turned much of a profit. I will definitely be making a few more stops before the end of the year.

    I wish there was a definitive closing date so I don't make the trip to find they're closed.

    -Doug

    #6 11 months ago

    Isn't there anything we can do?

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    #7 11 months ago

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    #8 11 months ago

    Well I hope everyone involved with the business can land on their feet. Thanks for the good times at your arcade.

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    #9 11 months ago

    Noooooooooooooooooo! First Lanes and Games and now this. Super depressing.

    #10 11 months ago

    That is sad news. We have been there twice since I found out about it, great line up of tables.

    #11 11 months ago

    oh no!!!!! It is my annual pilgrimage. I will miss it so much. Any further details?

    #12 11 months ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    Noooooooooooooooooo! First Lanes and Games and now this. Super depressing.

    What happened to Lanes and Games???
    Sara was really nice I feel bad.

    #13 11 months ago

    What????

    #14 11 months ago

    Shit.. I herd this may happen.
    Road trip sunday.. that realy sucks...

    #15 11 months ago

    Last I was there I herd,the rent was going double...

    #16 11 months ago

    Any firm closing date ?? That sucks.. whenever I need a new machine I just spend a day there and play.. dam that sucks...

    #17 11 months ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    Noooooooooooooooooo! First Lanes and Games and now this. Super depressing.

    Lanes and Games closed???

    They were just showing of GB Pro on Arcade Outsiders!

    #18 11 months ago

    definitely sucks, I was there in July while on vacation. Really nice games, much nicer condition than Funspot.

    #19 11 months ago

    Ugggghhh, nooooooo! We try to go there every few months or so! This will be a huge loss if it closes.

    #20 11 months ago

    Yeah, what happened to Lanes N Games?

    This all sucks.

    #21 11 months ago
    Quoted from halflip87:

    Wow. What a shame. This place is immaculate every time I go and all the machines are in great working condition.
    Sadly, their location (in a random strip mall in Pelham, NH) doesn't seem to bring in a lot of business and the place is nearly empty every time I go. Without something else going for it (food, drink, good location), I don't see how they could have turned much of a profit. I will definitely be making a few more stops before the end of the year.
    I wish there was a definitive closing date so I don't make the trip to find they're closed.
    -Doug

    It wasn't about a profit for her, she has several hundreds of games and rumored to have enough cash or income. She is an avid collector and staple in the hobby and used the Wiz as an outlet for both personal expression and a place for people to go and have a good time.

    The rumor has been swirling around now for a couple years, it has to do with her lease there and the landlords trying to increase it by a lot. My take on it is, it's more about the principle of the lease and not the about the money involved.

    #22 11 months ago

    1000 dislikes. So sad.

    #23 11 months ago
    Quoted from shacklersrevenge:

    It wasn't about a profit for her, she has several hundreds of games and rumored to have enough cash or income. She is an avid collector and staple in the hobby and used the Wiz as an outlet for both personal expression and a place for people to go and have a good time.
    The rumor has been swirling around now for a couple years, it has to do with her lease there and the landlords trying to increase it by a lot. My take on it is, it's more about the principle of the lease and not the about the money involved.

    Wow, that really sucks. It's not like there's much going on in Pelham, how could the landlords justify a huge rent increase? I guess they don't have to.

    Do you know if she's scouting out other locations or is this pretty much the end of the road?

    -Doug

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    #25 11 months ago
    Quoted from halflip87:

    Do you know if she's scouting out other locations or is this pretty much the end of the road?

    I don't have the most up to date info, but based on some fairly recent conversations I've had, it sounds like there are still a few options on the table for PinWiz. Obviously they aren't all of equal possibility, but before we all jump to conclusions (and I know we love to do that... there are a few Pinsiders thinking JJP is about to debut a cell phone-themed game FFS!), I don't think it's 100% certain that PinWiz closes. I believe negotiations are still ongoing with the landlord, who does want to massively increase the rent, and relocation is a distant but potential opportunity.

    I do agree that Pelham, NH isn't convenient for many. However a spot in Salem, Nashua, Manchester, or Lowell could earn like gangbusters just due to the local population being higher AND (maybe even more importantly) easier highway access for all of us that call PinWiz our unofficial vacation home.

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    #26 11 months ago

    Let's nip this one before it begins and grows out of control. Pinball Wizard Arcade is in lease negotiations with the landlord at this moment. The rent increase is happening because our 6 year lease is ending in February 2017. Until negotiations are finalized, we are open for business. Thank you, Sarah. Owner, Pinball Wizard Arcade

    #27 11 months ago

    Sarah, have been to PWA several times with my kids. We always have a blast. Whether in your current site or a new site, we will see you again.

    #28 11 months ago
    Quoted from PinballWizardArc:

    Let's nip this one before it begins and grows out of control. Pinball Wizard Arcade is in lease negotiations with the landlord at this moment. The rent increase is happening because our 6 year lease is ending in February 2017. Until negotiations are finalized, we are open for business. Thank you, Sarah. Owner, Pinball Wizard Arcade

    Thank you for the update!

    #29 11 months ago
    Quoted from PinballWizardArc:

    Let's nip this one before it begins and grows out of control. Pinball Wizard Arcade is in lease negotiations with the landlord at this moment. The rent increase is happening because our 6 year lease is ending in February 2017. Until negotiations are finalized, we are open for business. Thank you, Sarah. Owner, Pinball Wizard Arcade

    Hope it stays .. your place rules ... nothing like it around...

    #30 11 months ago

    Good luck Sarah!

    #31 11 months ago
    Quoted from PinballWizardArc:

    Until negotiations are finalized, we are open for business.

    Hopefully after, as well.

    #32 11 months ago

    Sarah please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    #33 11 months ago

    Thanks for clearing it up Sarah.

    And thanks to this thread for making me think about nothing besides getting up to PWA very soon!

    #34 11 months ago

    Almost had a heart attack.....

    #35 11 months ago

    C ya sunday..

    #36 11 months ago

    Worth the 2 hour trip

    #37 11 months ago

    Sarah, you are the best
    My fingers are crossed. See you in November.

    #38 11 months ago

    Pinball Wizard is the best location I've ever been to...hoping it works out for you and your business, Sarah!

    #39 11 months ago

    All the best! Hope Pinball Wizard stays open for years to come.

    #40 11 months ago

    I would definitely volunteer my time to help with a relocation if needed! Good Luck Sarah!

    #41 11 months ago

    Regardless. I need to get my butt up there soon. This scares me.

    #42 11 months ago

    I love Pinball Wizard!

    #43 11 months ago
    Quoted from Robotoes:

    Yeah, what happened to Lanes N Games?
    This all sucks.

    Lanes and Games hasn't closed yet. But I hear it will be gone after summer 2017. Torn down and replaced with luxury condos. Loss of one of the few candlepin places left, plus regular bowling and an amazing pinball arcade. For those haven't been, it's a true vintage place a la Big Lebowski. All gone for more condos which we have millions of already.

    I also heard a rumor Mike will find a new home for his machines in Cambridge. Can anyone confirm?

    Jack

    #44 11 months ago

    ugh. That stinks. Lets hope they can work something out...Or maybe the lanes and games folks and sarah could combine forces!

    #45 11 months ago

    Keep up the awesome work, Sarah! Hope everything is able to be worked out with the new lease...would be a big loss if not. I haven't been able to make it over in a few months, but the games/location are always kept up so well. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help!

    #46 11 months ago

    My favorite pinball place on the east coast. Go there once a year even with the 6+ hour drive

    #47 11 months ago
    Quoted from PinballWizardArc:

    Let's nip this one before it begins and grows out of control. Pinball Wizard Arcade is in lease negotiations with the landlord at this moment. The rent increase is happening because our 6 year lease is ending in February 2017. Until negotiations are finalized, we are open for business. Thank you, Sarah. Owner, Pinball Wizard Arcade

    Best of luck in negotiations...we will be up to visit VERY soon.

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    #48 11 months ago

    In case anyone has forgotten how awesome this place is or is on the fence about making the drive, here are some pics from when I was there earlier this week. Great staff, so many great games, and it always seems to hit closing time when I still have tokens in my cup, which is a perfect excuse to go back. Also, since I know this got brought up in another thread, I got three matches while I was there (Tron, TAF, and GNR), and every time I have gone, I've got at least one match. Good luck to everyone heading there for Pintoberfest too!

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    #49 11 months ago

    Will be there early November. Can't wait to dump money in to The Hobbit, Full Throttle, and America's Most Haunted. Oh and Wheel Of Fortune of course.

    #50 11 months ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    Lanes and Games hasn't closed yet. But I hear it will be gone after summer 2017. Torn down and replaced with luxury condos. Loss of one of the few candlepin places left, plus regular bowling and an amazing pinball arcade. For those haven't been, it's a true vintage place a la Big Lebowski. All gone for more condos which we have millions of already.
    I also heard a rumor Mike will find a new home for his machines in Cambridge. Can anyone confirm?
    Jack

    I had never heard of candlepin bowling. Watched some old TV footage on Youtube and now I'd like to play it.

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