‘Family fun centre’
“There’s nothing to do.” That common lament has motivated Ginette and Luc Prud’homme as they prepare to open the Knight’s VR Virtual Reality Gaming “family fun centre” in Alexandria. The business is slated to open in a 3,200square-foot building at 68 Lochiel St., the former location of a Pentecostal church.
Before the fun can begin, the Prud’hommes must get the approval of North Glengarry council of their request to change the zoning of the property from “institutional” to “commercial.”
The original vocation of the site was a food store that was established in 1890, recalls Mr. Prud’homme. The public can get a sneak preview of the venue during an open house that will be held October 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “I want to be known as Mr. Fun,” remarks Mr. Prud’homme, who retired 13 years ago after working 30 years in the insurance business. “Insurance is pretty serious. Now I want to have some fun.”
Adds Mrs. Prud’homme: “This will be good for the community.” Virtual reality can appeal to all ages, say the Prud’hommes, adding that they intend to offer special promotions for students and senior citizens. High school students working under co-op programs are painting murals at the gaming centre which, in addition to VR games, will offer pool tables, a video arcade and a snack bar.