Anderson’s opens new arcade centers in Hampton Roads

Broski's Barkade opened in Anderson's Newport News and Virginia Beach locations recently (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Anderson's Facebook page)
Broski’s Arcade opened in Anderson’s Newport News and Virginia Beach locations recently (Southside Daily/ Courtesy of Anderson’s Facebook page)

(Updated Oct. 23, 2019) EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of legal reasons, the owner of the business, Jason Blanchette, has changed the name of the business. It’s now known as “Broski’s Arcade.” References to the former name were changed in the story.

People feeling nostalgic for arcade games might want to check out this place.

Anderson’s, a local garden center, now has arcade games in both their Newport News and Virginia Beach locations.

“It’s officially, official…Broski’s Arcade is open in both Newport News and Virginia Beach locations,” according to the garden center’s Facebook page. “That’s right, we’re making it even more fun to visit and hang out.”

The family run business has a garden nursery, greenhouse, home decor and a restaurant, Sage Kitchen at each location. In addition, the garden centers feature a gift shop, a pet supply section and a ladies’ boutique.

Both locations will have arcades games like Pacman as well as pinball, basketball and Skee-Ball machines.

The Virginia Beach location also has mini golf and ping pong tables which are not available at the Newport News store.

It’s unclear what other features Broski’s Arcade offers and what the arcade hours are. A representative from Anderson’s was not available for comment.

The Newport News location,11250 Jefferson Ave., is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Virginia Beach location, 1925 Fisher Arch, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about Anderson’s, visit its website or Facebook page.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.