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Well weird thing is that For the past three weeks my local game stores one by one have mysteriously closed no reason why. Is it the economy or what?
it's a conspiracy and the government is out to get you, don your tin foil hat now if you haven't done so already.
a little more info than just stores closing appreciated though answers will remain just as ambiguous if we aren't actually familiar with the store in your area. could just be coincidence or so much competition on a small niche market that lacked consumer base in that area that they all lost. shrug.
edit: after reading below... it does somewhat depend what area you're in. i know GW closed two store south of me while opening two more in my more immediate area (northern virginia) with plans to open a dc bunker within a year or two... 'course this area is supposedly one of the wealthiest in the nation.
they're probably just consolidating store numbers into more target areas that meet their criteria from that old marketing pamphlet of theirs thats floating somewhere in this forum.
Both were located north Ohio and both were indys.
Its pissing me off how now I have to travel longer to get to one.
There used to be THREE GWs in the metropolitan Boston area, now there's one, and that's if that one hasn't closed too.
EDIT: Nope, that one's gone, too. *sigh*
As far as GW's closing down, I’ve had my local GW close down recently too, and the next closes one is also closing down.
The rumor is they are going to replace the two locations witch were located in Malls, with actual stores. The rent for malls is Way too high and on top of that you need to follow their hours of operation. Maybe this is a national trend and some sort of new plan GW is executing. Either way, I hope they open up the new store soon.
As far as indie game shops closing down it are partly due to the economy being in the shape it is. People are being tighter with $ and this hobby is the 1st to get cut from a budget for allot of people. Not just the war gaming, but allot of a shops income is from the CCG people. With moms and dads not giving little Billy much $ he can’t spend it on game junk.
I also believe a big part of it is people not supporting their local shops by buying from them; instead they would rather save a few bucks and get it online.
As a former shop owner I know its really hard to compete with online deals when people are getting 20%+ cheaper than retail, your only making 15-20% on everything you sell, you end up needing to sell 10 grand worth of product just to make rent. Then Mr. war-game comes in with his nice new armies bragging to all the other guys about some website that he got it from and how cheep it is, but then brings it in to play on my tables and then wonders why the shop didn’t make it........
Sorry had to get that off my chest.
So yeah support your local game shop.....
This looks like a problem mainly for the US at the moments, here in england everythings cool at the moment. Although that has made me worried because our economy is one year BEHIND yours so im gonna have to stock up within the next year or so....
Sometimes the best defense is a good offense... Wait, what?
My local games workshop in the uk is employing more staff. theres like 3 there a day!