AGD Amusements – the Stanwell Road shop which invited passers-by to take a gamble with their loose change and feed money into its slot machines – has closed.
For years the dimly lit interior of the premises enticed customers in with the promise of winning a cash prize – which could be as much as £500.
The Stanwell Road slot machine arcade has been a fixture of the town for 20 years .
It was started started originally by the Rabaiotti family and later acquired by Cardiff businessman Neil DuRose and his partner Paul Appleby.
However it’s now “no more bets” in the AGD shop at Stanwell Road , although the company itself – which now specialises in hiring out fruit machines, juke boxes, pool tables and equipment to the leisure industry – continues to thrive.
The one-armed bandits may have left town, but the shop is now in the process of being converted into a gentleman’s outfitters – perhaps filling the void left by the closure of Holder’s Menswear in Windsor Road (now Edinburgh Woollen Mill).
The new shop is due to be up and running within two weeks and will be operated not by a chain but by a sole trader.