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Eagle arcade closes, game machines sold and moved out

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After seven years in business, Grinkers Grand Palace in Eagle will no longer welcome classic game players.

The 80s-style arcade and sandwich shop closed its doors and started moving games out of the building on E. Lake Shore Drive in Eagle. A worker in the complex told BoiseDev crews have been working over the last three days to move equipment out.

94.9 The River’s Debbie Courson reports Grinkers owner Steve Barbey said he sold the game machines to a collector in the Salt Lake City area who hopes to open an arcade in that area.

The business posted on Facebook about struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including limits on occupancy. The business worked to implement a membership model that limited capacity and cut hours.

Shopping center owners listed the retail space occupied by Grinkers and a vacant storefront next door for lease in August. Separately, the entire shopping center is listed for sale.

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Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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