Geraldton will lose its only gaming lounge this month, with owners hoping to “inspire” similar ventures

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Harro’s Gaming Lounge owner Stacey Dunen.
Camera IconHarro’s Gaming Lounge owner Stacey Dunen. Credit: Phoebe Pin

Geraldton’s only gaming lounge will close its doors this month after a buyer could not be found to take over the business.

Harro’s Gaming Lounge quickly grew in popularity after opening in August 2018, with more than 3500 users, mainly local youth, enjoying its PC, console and virtual reality games.

Owners Stacey and Dave Dunen put the business on the market earlier this year as they wanted to dedicate their energy to raising a family of their own.

But with a tenant coming forward to take over the lease — but not the business — and a buyer still nowhere in sight, the Dunens made the difficult decision last Friday to call time on the gaming lounge.

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Mrs Dunen, pictured, said the couple were “obviously sad” about closing the doors on what had become a popular source of local entertainment, but hoped their success would inspire others to pursue similar ventures.

“I hope that maybe someone will see that it can be done and it might inspire someone to do something similar,” she said.

Mrs Dunen said they would be forever grateful to those who had made the lounge their own over the years.

“We have appreciated their support throughout the last almost three years, and it would have been nothing without them,” she said.

“If we had our time over, I would do it all again.”

Harro’s Gaming Lounge’s last day of business will be Sunday, May 23.

A liquidation sale will follow on May 24, where people can pick up gaming consoles, televisions, PCs, headsets and furniture.

A price guide is available on the business’ Facebook page.

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