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So a couple months ago the GW battle bunker in my area closed down. This was not a big deal to me as there was another GW store about 20 minutes away and I don't play at a store and thus didn't care about the increase in tables at the BB. Now I went to go buy the new HE book and noticed that the other GW store has closed. This leaves no actual GW store in the Greater Boston area. The nearest GW to me is now over an hour away.
Is GW failing in the US as far as their retail stores go? Have you noticed any/many GW store closings in your area?
There aren't any in the greater Boston area? Which one closed? There was one in the Galeria mall in Cambridge, and another in Danvers. I've never been to the Cambridge store.
Is Danvers an hour away from you? Where are you in the Boston area?
Although I, and very few outside of GW, can do no more than conjecture, I would argue that GW does the smart thing by closing most of the GW-only stores and instead leaving the selling of their products in person to the so-called "Rogue Traders"; that is, independent retailers. The reason I believe this is that independent retailers can rely on a variety of incomes to stay profitable, whether it be comics, toys, other games, etc. GW still makes its money selling through these retailers, they have a variety of incomes, and GW carries none of the expenses of running a store. I have seen no evidence that the actual GW products are less popular in the US, but I believe that the store closings may be GW moving towards a more profitable way of doing business. Just my thoughts.
The two local GW stores near me closed too (San Francisco and Concord California).
Ironically, it's their store closing mailer notices that got me back into 40k recently. Well, that and the 40k Dawn of War PC games.
EDIT: Though it's kind of too bad, I have to agree with the above. Leaving GW products to independent sellers was a smart move. I think when I first got into WH Fantasy, GW hurt a lot of independent retailers by refusing to sell them their products (then proceeding to open their own GW local store). Maybe they're finally getting their act together? Finally being consumer friendly?
Last edited by Minion; November 11th, 2007 at 17:02.
Harvard Sq. (which was the battle bunker) closed and just recently Natick closed.
Danvers isn't exactly an hour away but depending on traffic it's at least 45 minutes. I live in Watertown.
The one thing I liked about the actual GW stores was that the staff was usually really helpful. I've shopped a couple other miniature gaming shops in the area and the staff was always less than helpful when it came to Warhammer. Going into a GW store and just talking about how cool such and such unit is or hearing some of their crazy stories about how games went and whatnot was pretty fun.
I don't know, but they may have just deemed that there wasn't enough market in the area to justify having 2 GWs and a Battle Bunker. I mean, most cities don't have a single GW, although Houston has like 4 or 5, *grumble grumble*
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey
That's interesting. Its just that, while the ones in the areas of where you are living are closing down, one just opened up around my house in Michigan................I wonder why
It does not make very pleasant reading I am afraid. It does however explain what is going on with our GW colonial friends in the good ole USof A.
Here is the link hope it helps clarify the situation:>>>http://investor.games-workshop.com/l...ear_end_07.pdf
I live just outside of Boston and there are at least 3 places I know that are within 45 minutes. I live in Peabody and the 3 closest stores are the Danvers Mall, the Toy Soldier in Amesbury, and Danger Planet in Framingham.
I dont like to actually play Warhammer in the GW store in Danvers because it's 90% kids under 16 years of age and I'm 31.
I used to play strictly at Danger Planet. It's a great store with a basement dedicated for gaming tables. They carry everything across all sides of gaming. They still carry GW products, but their selection has grown thin over the past year mostly because of the owner of the store feels that he was slighted by the local GW Rep. Every since they have had a tense relationship and GW has pulled it's support from the store. They no longer sponsor GW events and Danger Planet has shifted it's marketing strategy towards Warmachine, Flames of War, Rackham, Hordes, etc... They are big on Card trading games as well. DOnt be fooled though, Danger Planet still has a huge customer base that strictly playes 40k and Fantasy. In fact I have heard that Fantasy is making a big come back at the store lately.
The other store, Toy Soldier, seems to have a good reputation. They carry everything as well and I hear they have a lot of gaming tables free to the public. The owner appears very friendly and they seem to have monthly events for players to participate in. I havent been there in years, but I plan on making a trip very soon.
I hope this helps if you live around the Boston area.
I think that GW is probably doing a good thing by retrenching. From what I've heard, only one of the New York City stores actually turns a profit. It was not altogether surprising, therefore, when they announced (yesterday) that the Upper East Side store would be joining the Upper West Side store in oblivion.
That leaves one store in Manhattan.