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Shop to relocate to ‘awesome new premises’ in Norwich Lanes

PUBLISHED: 14:34 22 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:18 23 February 2020

Kieran Meenaghan, the owner of The Games Table. Picture: Lauren De Boise

Kieran Meenaghan, the owner of The Games Table. Picture: Lauren De Boise

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A Norwich shop which is looking to expand and move home has raised more than £4,000 in less than four days.

Kieran Meenaghan, the owner of The Games Table. Picture: Lauren De BoiseKieran Meenaghan, the owner of The Games Table. Picture: Lauren De Boise

The Games Table is a table top gaming venue currently based in Magdalen Street in Norwich.

Launched in June 2018 by Kieran Meenaghan, since it opened the venue has gone from strength to strength, so much so that it is now relocating to a larger venue in the Norwich Lanes.

The new venue, in Lower Goat Lane, will be double the size of the current premises and will allow the business to expand its board games library, offer food and refreshments, host events and give gamers more space in which to play.

To help fund the expansion and pay for the "little extras" Mr Meenaghan set up a Kickstarter.

But within four days of the fund going live it has raised £4,252, smashing its original target of £700.

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Mr Meenaghan, 34, said he had never expected the Kickstarter to do so well. He said: "My initial goal was to be able to get enough money to get a few extra little things in the unit. It's a big venue and it needs a lot of work."

He said after raising so much so quickly he now hoped to reach the fund's £5,000 stretch goal.

"I've had a lot of people say they're going to back it," he said.

"I'd like to get to £5,000 then we'll be able to have a party at the new venue for backers, so I would love to do that."

Mr Meenaghan said since opening the shop, a number of people had told him how it had helped them to form friendships and more. He said: "[The Games Table] is a business but it's more than that, it's more about being a friendship group and a community and hopefully we can keep growing it and get more people involved from Norwich.

"That's why I did this really, when I was a kid [gaming] helped me to read and write, it helped me with social skills, mental health issues and I wanted to open it up to more people."


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