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Robo's Video Arcade, K-Mart outparcel Devine Street: 1980s   3 comments

Posted at 1:05 am in business,entertainment,historic

I wrote at some length about Robo's on Main Street some time ago, and that's the location I overwhelmingly went to to hone my Galaga skills (and by hone, I mean, I was "ok"). That made sense as I lived across the street from there, but when I was home and had access to a car, I would come to this location from time to time. I recently parked near there to get some pictures of the Advance Auto Parts demolition, and decided to take this shot.

At this remove, I'm not entirely sure which storefront Robo's was, but I think it was the one to the left of the blue dumpster. My memory also says that this location was something of a poor stepchild in the Robo's family -- I recall it as being smaller, less busy, and having a smaller variety of games. Unlike the University location, it didn't have a clear constituency (ie: college kids), though I suppose there are plenty of residences in the general area. I'm not sure if it outlasted the Main Street or Dutch Square locations -- it did have the advantage of not having its building torn down, but I think Main Street had folded long before that happened to its former home.

Written by ted on April 4th, 2009

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  1. Originally that building is where there used to be some Slot Car Raceing tracks..it had several smaller ones, and a really BIG one towards the middle I think. This was back in 1966 from what I remember or 1965. I dont think it lasted all that long due to the lack of interest. I havent been inside the place in over 40 years.

    Del

    12 Apr 09 at 5:09 pm

  2. I really want to know what was in the building not the Robo on the end but where they said was a slot car track. Lived over their for years and could never remember what was there except for all the boxes in the windows. Also any idea when the napa on wildcat ave closed near the McDs across the street from this location.

    chris

    4 Oct 10 at 6:38 pm

  3. The NAPA closed about 1992-1993. It was definitely open at some point in 1992 because I bought parts there that year, but wasn't around much longer.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    4 Oct 10 at 9:06 pm

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