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I must post my concern
Last month I have witnessed the closing of the Cambridge MA. Bunker and last night wandered into the Natick Ma. Gameworkshop to be told it was their last night of business.
Are we seeing the end? I certainly hope not. My son and I have enjoyed many hours in the basement painting, and even more playing Warhammer 40K. We have really enjoyed our trips to the local store and now see it fading away. Let's face it, its not nearly as much fun visiting the web site as it was seeing the action at the stores.
Have we seen the demise of a great hobby in the US?
We will find other things to spend our time late into the night (much to my wife's dismay) but we really have enjoyed Warhammer (not to mention the conversation as we put together a Deamonhunter army).
Has anyone else noticed a GW withdrawal?
It would be a really shame if the video games claim another victory over what I really believe is a great thing for Fathers and sons (and/or daughters)
That sounds terrible, two local stores closing... but I've heard nothing like this over here in California. I don't htink GW would do anything like a major shut-down what with the New Chaos Codex 2 days away from release (already released in UK). Hopefully it was just a sad coincedince, and you and your son will find another store not too far away.
Originally Posted by Brett on Quidditch[ 1500pt. Chaos List, C&C! ]
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It now appears that at least 3 Massachusetts stores have closed leaving only the Danvers local (if I read the web site correctly).
Has anyone seem anything like this in their state?
They pulled out of North America completely 10-11 years ago and it wasn't long before they were opening new stores. I wouldn't despair too much, you may even find a local merchant takes over the same space and gear and keeps it a hobby shop. That's what happened when the Philly store closed down last time. There are probably plenty of good clubs in Boston too!
I suspect part of the problem is that the economy is taking a bit of a down-turn, so there is less cash on-hand for hobbies in general. Add to that the competition that GW is facing from eBay and other merchants, and it's only natural that they would try to decreae their overhead.
While the closing of GW stores is a bit of a bummer, usually you can find gaming stores or groups just about anywhere. The internet is great for this.
I would doubt that GW would close completely, though. However, they may have slightly overextended themselves with new stores, and are now scaling back.
Just my thoughts...
Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
For the last time, there are
NO FEMALE SPACE MARINES!!!!!
Nothing but rogue traders down here, providing product and leagues and knowledge in the holes that GW isn't there to fill. Hopefully you get the same.
Yeah, have a look around for independant stockists and clubs, there should be plenty around in any big city
Also, GW does not always make good marketing decisions. Last year a redshirt in Dallas told me their single store at Grapevine Mills was outselling all 5 stores in the Houston area, despite Houston being a much larger city than Dallas. Clearly, someone missed the boat as far as their marketing R&D. Same is probably true with the MA stores. Poor marketing evaluation.
But like the man said, don't despair. Swings in the economy will lead to stores opening, and the internet, along with Dawn of War, has greatly expanded the Warhammer fanbase.
They also have a tendency when times are good to open stores that never have any reasonably expectation of making money in order to promote and build the brand. Face it, a battle bunker in a high-rent mall? It's a just plain stupid thing to do from a retailing perspective. Three guys selling a couple hundred dollars each worth of merch in a full size unit with a lease set for people moving a few thousand a day in $90 sweaters made for $2 in bangladesh. It's a lossmaking cog in a bigger marketing plan to grow the brand. So when times go bad, they go! There's a reason indie shops are usually stuffed down in between the shoe shine guy and the nails place by the door that doesn't have parking and have as much merch as humanly possible stuffed onto the walls and one guy at the till.
back to the point of helping jmills......
can you venture to CT and go to the GW Buckland Hills? it's in manchester, in the Buckland Hills mall. if you get there, i recommend you park and enter at the sears entrance. the store's right on the left out the door from the sears department building.