Is it game over for proposed arcade in Wheeling?

  • An entrepreneur had proposed opening a video game arcade in a vacant storefront on Dundee Road in Wheeling, but the plan has been withdrawn.

      An entrepreneur had proposed opening a video game arcade in a vacant storefront on Dundee Road in Wheeling, but the plan has been withdrawn. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/10/2022 4:23 PM

A plan to open a video game arcade in a Wheeling shopping center has been unplugged by the prospective operator.

Northbrook-area entrepreneur Udey Kumra had proposed launching the Headless Horseman in a vacant storefront at 82 E. Dundee Road. Kumra needed a special-use permit from the village to operate.

 

But at the start of Monday's village board meeting, Village Manager Jon Sfondilis announced Kumra was withdrawing his request for a permit. Sfondilis didn't say why.

In an interview Thursday, Kumra said the property's landlord decided to offer the space to a tenant with a business that didn't require a costly sprinkler system to be installed.

Kumra said he's looking for a new location in Wheeling for the arcade. Village officials also are working to find other possible sites, Sfondilis said.

The Headless Horseman would put a spin on the arcade business model. Instead of requiring players to feed handfuls of quarters into machines or use prepaid cards loaded with game credits, patrons would be charged a flat $20 one-day entry fee for unlimited game play.

The storefront being eyed for the business has been vacant about three years, village officials said. It last was a NAPA Auto Parts store.

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