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it's the express, but:

 

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/1226696/GAME-store-closures-list-is-your-local-store-shutting-down

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PUBLISHED: 13:56, Fri, Jan 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:06, Fri, Jan 10, 2020

 

GAME STORE CLOSURES LIST - CONFIRMED STORE CLOSURES SO FAR

• Bexleyheath

• Canterbury

• Carmarthen

• Derby

• Glasgow Fort

• Lakeside

• Leicester

• Mansfield

• Norwich Chapelfield

• Watford

 

 

 

the i

 

https://inews.co.uk/culture/gaming/game-store-closures-list-full-branches-closed-when-shutting-1361340

 

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Monday, 13th January 2020, 8:22 am

UpdatedMonday, 13th January 2020, 8:35 am

 

Bexleyheath

Canterbury

Carmarthen

Derby

Glasgow Fort

Lakeside

Leicester

Mansfield

Norwich Chapelfield

Watford

 

 

so... some of these sites man

 

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Retailer GAME plans to close 40 UK stores with list revealed

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While some sites have been named the full list of 40 is not available.

 

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12 hours ago, sandman said:

Horsham store gone. No idea it was going. Was there ever a list of the 40 stores that are closing.?


Barely ever remember seeing anyone in it (as I walked past).

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Well if everyone stopped buying every single item online we wouldn't have these GAME stores closing. Maybe.

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5 minutes ago, Ghosty said:

Well if everyone stopped buying every single item online we wouldn't have these GAME stores closing. Maybe.


Brilliant post!

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4 hours ago, Ghosty said:

Well if everyone stopped buying every single item online we wouldn't have these GAME stores closing. Maybe.

 

Why do people buy stuff online though? Is the decline of GAME inevitable or due to mistakes they are making? Is there room for specialists and advice still.

 

Maybe it's possible you haven't solved a 315 page thread with your one wonderpost :)

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Game in Watford has shut down the single store they had in the Intu centre and opened within a 'Sports Direct Superstore' within the Intu centre, so it's just moved, likely for much cheaper rent.

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3 minutes ago, Pavey said:

Is CEX still there, down the road from the shopping centre?

 

I believe so, isn't that CEX's head office?

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Not too sure, just remember going there a lot back in the 16 bit days.

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3 hours ago, deerokus said:

Rent is what's really killing physical retail. Online is a wound, sure. 


fifteen years ago there would be queues out the door in December in game. It’s hardly like that now.

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There were queues out the door of CEX in my town the weekend before Christmas though.

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I was in one of the closing branches at the weekend while the GF was doing a bit of shopping.

 

There was no indication of the store closing and in fact they were still advertising pre-orders for titles such as Cyberpunk.  Question is - how can they take pre-orders of titles when potentially they will no longer be trading in that location?  Makes me wonder if they are going to move into the big Sports Direct situated in the same shopping centre.

 

Still, given this I would be wary of pre-ordering the PS5 and XSX from them.

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1 hour ago, replicant said:

I was in one of the closing branches at the weekend while the GF was doing a bit of shopping.

 

There was no indication of the store closing and in fact they were still advertising pre-orders for titles such as Cyberpunk.  Question is - how can they take pre-orders of titles when potentially they will no longer be trading in that location?  Makes me wonder if they are going to move into the big Sports Direct situated in the same shopping centre.

 

Still, given this I would be wary of pre-ordering the PS5 and XSX from them.

 

They shift your pre-order to the nearest store that’s still open.

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I much prefer to buy my consoles direct and in person. It feels a bit more special that way. Getting it delivered feels generic. Same with games, but they tend to be more expensive to buy in the store. Asda isn't too bad for gaming. I've had issues with Amazon in the passed with new consoles.

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4 hours ago, Dudley said:

There were queues out the door of CEX in my town the weekend before Christmas though.


That’s partly because the staff are so busy chatting to each other that getting served in any branch of cex is like a mild form of torture.

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20 hours ago, Ghosty said:

Well if everyone stopped buying every single item online we wouldn't have these GAME stores closing. Maybe.


What? People are buying online because all the game shops that aren’t utter shite have shut down. I bought most of my games physically, as did many other people I know, until all the places to buy games except CEX and Game shut down. Now both the remaining stores are terrible, and I hate going into them. I’ve heard a lot of other people mention the issues with Game being expensive and the staff being pushy. Nobody wants to shop at CEX because you don’t know if they’ll have the item you want. So there’s nowhere to go buy physical games except Argos or a supermarket, and at that point why bother? It’s no better than going to Amazon. At which point you may as well buy it through the store on the console.

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I think the end for me was when the chains dropped their old formats, and older games on current formats. The best thing about a physical store is browsing, which usually led to me buying something I hadn’t meant to. If I want to see the ten big games I already know about and a random assortment of recent used crap nobody wanted when it was new I can go on the web.

 

CEX at least has a decent retro selection.

 

I’m sure there are economic reasons for no longer carrying new stock of older titles but it still eliminated the main reason I went to retail.

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That’s a very good point. When I worked in GAME in 2002 one side of the store was filled with big box pc games in alphabetical order. Just loads and loads of games. Same with the psone, ps2 etc sections. You had the charts and then just walls of everything else they had in stock. You’re right that now it’s just a top ten (which isn’t a top ten, just ten new ish games they have) and then some random second hand titles.

 

Considering second hand was the money maker for GAME for years it’s werid how they’ve basically killed that area off to just tiny sections now.

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9 hours ago, Ghosty said:

I much prefer to buy my consoles direct and in person. It feels a bit more special that way. Getting it delivered feels generic. Same with games, but they tend to be more expensive to buy in the store. Asda isn't too bad for gaming. I've had issues with Amazon in the passed with new consoles.

 

I'll give you GAME, especially back in the day for that but does Asda really give you that experience?

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54 minutes ago, Alex W. said:

I think the end for me was when the chains dropped their old formats, and older games on current formats. The best thing about a physical store is browsing, which usually led to me buying something I hadn’t meant to. If I want to see the ten big games I already know about and a random assortment of recent used crap nobody wanted when it was new I can go on the web.

 

CEX at least has a decent retro selection.

 

I’m sure there are economic reasons for no longer carrying new stock of older titles but it still eliminated the main reason I went to retail.

 

I don't get why they did that. Like, a single unit of pre-owned retro stuff is pure profit. Especially if you get the pricing right. When we were at GamesCentre, we had a single bay of old PS2 shit. £1.99 each or 3 for £5. We would make about £1000-£2000 a month on them. People coming in, paying a fiver for 3 games, trading them in a few days later for 50p, spending another £4.50 to get another 3 games. Rinse and repeat. It was essentially free money.

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On ‎11‎/‎01‎/‎2020 at 16:02, djbhammer said:

With Bexleyheath on the list, that will be both my two local stores gone what with Crayford a while back. I bet CEX opposite in Bexleyheath will be pleased as they will now be the only high street option there for trade ins and pre owned.

 

Those are (were) my local branches as well. I work at Bexley village so Crayford is walkable on my lunch break and Bexleyheath is a short drive.

 

Gravesend and Dartford already closed a couple of years ago so there's just Bluewater left now.

 

How do store closures work when there's another branch nearby? I assume there won't be anything like a closing-down sale and instead the stock will just be moved to other branches that are remaining open?

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1 hour ago, Dudley said:

 

I'll give you GAME, especially back in the day for that but does Asda really give you that experience?

 

Well, you can buy food at the same time, so the experience is somewhat tarnish. 

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I would always try to buy hardware from amazon based purely on their customer service/returns if it breaks. They have sorted out numerous xboxes for me whereas when I had to try deal with Game they were awful. John Lewis were decent too though so they are always an option.

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12 hours ago, beenabadbunny said:

 

Those are (were) my local branches as well. I work at Bexley village so Crayford is walkable on my lunch break and Bexleyheath is a short drive.

 

Gravesend and Dartford already closed a couple of years ago so there's just Bluewater left now.

 

How do store closures work when there's another branch nearby? I assume there won't be anything like a closing-down sale and instead the stock will just be moved to other branches that are remaining open?

 

No closing down sale.  Stock just gets sent back to HQ or moved to another store - I recall the Manager in Crayford telling me when they knew they were closing.  You are close to me as I live in Barnehurst! Good to know there is a fellow Kent rllmuker. :)

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On 21/01/2020 at 13:36, Kryptonian said:

I would always try to buy hardware from amazon based purely on their customer service/returns if it breaks. They have sorted out numerous xboxes for me whereas when I had to try deal with Game they were awful. John Lewis were decent too though so they are always an option.

 

 

I'll be picking up my PS5 and XSX from Amazon for sure.  Had zero issues in the past and the service was great when my X died.

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On 20/01/2020 at 21:44, gossi the dog said:

 

They shift your pre-order to the nearest store that’s still open.

 

Which is in my case would be ok as the store I was in was the Glasgow Fort and I can easily go to either the city centre or other own of town shopping centres.  Different kettle of fish for other customers who a. might reply on public transport or b. their nearest store could be miles away.

 

Chances are the Fort store will end up in the Sports Direct anyway which would work out for customers and more importantly the staff.

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The Silverburn game shut down suddenly last year when Vodafone apparently offered more rent for the unit. I think some of the staff moved to the Fort one which has now shut, shame. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, replicant said:

 

Which is in my case would be ok as the store I was in was the Glasgow Fort and I can easily go to either the city centre or other own of town shopping centres.  Different kettle of fish for other customers who a. might reply on public transport or b. their nearest store could be miles away.

 

Chances are the Fort store will end up in the Sports Direct anyway which would work out for customers and more importantly the staff.

 

If that happened to me it would turn a 30 mile trip with free parking into a 100 mile round trip with paid parking to Carlisle for pickup. Amazon it is for me!

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