‘Fam­ily fun cen­tre’

The Glengarry News - - News -

“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.

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