Game in Freshney Place to close in big blow to town gamers

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2018

Game in Freshney Place is to close in a big blow to fans of console and computer games.

The store will shut on Saturday staff have confirmed to customers.

One said: "It's a real shame for customers who have been shopping with us for years". 

It is thought the store had been operating at a profit but customers have been told the company did not believe it was worth the rent rate at Freshney.

A spokeswoman for Freshney Place confirmed the move which comes on the back of a roller coaster week for the shopping centre. Last week Poundland said they were opening at the vacant BHS store in the centre.

The spokeswoman said: "Game have confirmed they will be closing their store in Freshney Place.

"Game have been part of Freshney Place for many years and despite this store continuing to trade profitably, as part of their nationwide strategy, has chosen to leave. 

"We are currently in discussions with a number of new retailers who would like to have a presence at Freshney Place and we will be delighted to provide an update when details have been finalised.” 

Game has recently been given a £3.2 million investment by Sports Direct, owned by colourful businessman Mike Ashley, which is has a branch in Grimsby's Victoria Street. The company posted a £10 million loss for it's last financial year but had recently rallid with orders for Call of Duty: WWII and the Nintendo Switch console.

The news of Game's comes as it was announced Poundland along with budget fashion chain Pep&Co will move into the former BHS store on Victoria Street next month. 

Game in Freshney Place during the launch of the Playstation 3 console in 2007

Elsewhere in Freshney Place, fashion brand Lipsy announced they have removed their concession store from Next. Nearby neighbours New Look have also announced they are to close 60 stores nationally, seeking a rent reduction on a further 400 stores. 

Customers of Game have been in touch to share their disappointment at the news of the closure, saying they were told personally when they enquired in store. 

Sally Shepherd told us: "I'm gutted, it's the only true gaming shop in town. 

"I only found out due to going in to see if I could pre-order the new Call of Duty. 

"It seems that the closure has being kept very quiet as there is nothing in the windows to say it's closing, or where the nearest store will be."

Game head office have been contacted for a comment.

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