Level Up: Klassic Arcade Looking to Expand Again and Add Games
Klassic Arcade 2.0 opened in 2017, now the Gobles business is looking for more space for its vintage arcade and pinball games, remote control and slot car racing tracks.
K & K Electronics morphed into K & K Amusements at the end of 2003, when Kevin Ketchum and his cousin Kim plugged in a bunch of pinball and arcade games at a pole barn south of Gobles and opened the doors. It wasn't long before the business outgrew the 2,000 square feet and, in 2017, they doubled in size opening Klassic Arcade 2.0 downtown. Soon, the original building reopened on weekends and the racing operations grew with the launch of Slot Car Inc. in November, 2018. The empire also includes a remote-control race track at the original Klassic Arcade, Midwest Soda Pop Fest, and Kevin Ketchum is also one of the driving forces behind Pinball at the Zoo.
Now, the business is looking to grow again. A 15,000-20,000 square foot space would be ideal, giving room for more games currently sitting idle in the warehouse and also to consolidate operations, including their own root beer brewery. They're looking for a big building, lots of parking with room for a RC track a plus. A series of FUNraisers are planned to raise some capital, including the availability to rent the entire arcade for birthday parties. Ketchum remains committed to Gobles and expansion of Klassic Arcade doesn't mean that he is moving.