A RETRO video games arcade is set to open up in the town centre.

The former Hanger Number 4 restaurant, based under the arches of Central Station on Crown Street, will be transformed into the Retro Arcade - which is scheduled to open as soon as late February.

Boasting a range of different titles from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, customers will pay to enter the arcade - after which all of its machines will then be free to play, while food and drink will also be available.

Owner Richard Telfer, from Martinscroft, has imported many of the arcade machines from the USA.

He said: “We’re talking about games like Pacman and Space Invaders, that sort of stuff.

“It’s all going to be machines from the 70s, 80s and 90s, stuff that you’ve not seen since Adam was a lad.

“They’re so rare that a lot of them are imported in from the States.

“I’ve got some machines that are as old as me, from nearly 40 years ago.

“But it’s an arcade with a difference, because it will have an entry fee - then after that everything is free to play, and we will be selling food and alcohol too.”

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Warrington Borough Council granted planning permission for the unit - which has been vacant since aviation-themed burger restaurant Hanger Number 4 closed in December 2017 - to be converted into an arcade with a bar and kitchen last month.

Retro Arcade will open from 11am to 11.30pm, or until 8.30pm on Sunday and bank holidays - creating up to nine jobs.

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Thirty-eight-year-old Richard added: “I currently run a stairlift business based in Leigh, so this new venture is something that will be totally different.

“Everyone is really yearning to have their childhoods back these days.

“There is something missing from arcades today, the ones that are giving out tickets for prizes instead of being like they were.

“The nostalgia has been lost from them.

“But you don’t see the machines that we will have anywhere.

“I’d estimate that we will open around February, or maybe into March.”