Shuffle board game cafe to open in Bury St Edmunds
An independent board game cafe will bring something different to Bury St Edmunds when it opens in the city center.
Shuffle is started by Andrew Woolrich, currently director of Cycle King in the city, and his business partner Chris Messenger in the unit across from Tesco Express, which once housed the Palmers housewares store.
They say Shuffle is like a regular cafe with food and drink, but it will also house a library of over 250 board games that people can play.
Shuffle, scheduled to open around November 15, will also be a point of sale where people can buy board games.
With the hobby “growing in popularity” as Mr Woolrich puts it, other board game cafes have opened in the area, one of the most recent being Geek Retreat in Ipswich.
Mr Woolrich, who grew up in Ipswich but now lives in Bury, said: “It’s a relatively new concept.
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“The hobby of board games is booming right now, and just as you would pay to go bowling or to the movies, you can pay and have access to a plethora of games.”
In addition to traditional board games like Monopoly and Scrabble, there will also be party style trivia games that will involve a lot of people.
Mr Woolrich said he only started playing board games about two years ago, but it has really enriched his social life.
He said he would attend board game events in a pub, for example at the Bennet Arms in Rougham.
“It’s a nice and social way to spend an evening. I think there is a need for a dedicated space for that,” added Mr. Woolrich, who loved video games.
He said Shuffle is a perfect fit for the market town with its many independent businesses.
Mark Cordell, Managing Director of the Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It is always good to see new businesses opening up and especially when they are so unique, testing new limits in our city.
“I wish Andrew and the team all the best on this adventure!”
Mr Woolrich said they applied for a business license to be able to serve alcohol.
It anticipates that the hours of operation will be 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. most days, with an arrival at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Shuffle should be closed on Monday.
Work is well underway to renovate the unit and prepare it for opening next month, with a team of around six or seven people.
The idea is that visitors would pay per person per hour to access the game library.
Other new businesses that have recently moved downtown include House of Heritage on Garland Street.
Shuffle is on Facebook and Twitter.