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I went to my local GW. My favorite store I can think of ever...after not being able to go due to work, since October.
Well I found out that they are closing the store on the 18th. I am livid, first off it is the only GW in the SE of the United States to my knowledge. They are profitable, were doing spectacular even with out proper management, and understaffed. Now the only place to go is one store about 20minutes further away, or one slightly closer, but might be going out of business soon due to financial issues (not due to the stupidity of GW). Why would they due this to their customers? Ive been in the store when people come from Florida to come to GAMES WORKSHOP, not an independent retailer. Same reason I go...
Im sorry folks, if this is random and with out structure.
Anyone in the Georgia area north of Atlanta that plays 40k or fanasy?
i know how you feel... I don't think their is even a GW shop in Pennsylvania... and only a 1 Independent Retailer within driving distance (30 min)
Honestly I almost always buy online; It's guaranteed they have it
"Thank him who puts me loath to this revenge on you who wrong me not for him who wrongd"
theres no gw within hundreds of miles of where i live. there was one near my bros house but they closed that one down now the closest one is in new york city uuhhhgg.
The Decayed Ones 2500 points of nurgly goodness.
Necron- Ice Wraiths of Scy-mir 2000+
Imperial Daemon Hunters- 1500
GW has done a massive pullback nationwide in the US. There are now none--zero--in all of New England. Like I'm gonna drive to Baltimore!
Good news, though: The overall plan, according to several documents from GW (such as annual reports to shareholders) is that they will be returning in force within the next year or so. They have given up on the "shopping mall" stores in urban areas, and will focus instead on suburban strip mall stores.
That's the plan, anyway. We'll see. For me, it adds up, as the two in the Metropolitan Boston area (only ones that were within my reach) were in big shopping malls.
I've never had a truly positive experience at any GW, other than the Bunker in Maryland. Otherwise, they've always lacked any tablespace whatsoever, been full of irritating kids (nothing against kids, just the annoyingly immature ones), and had terrible staff, not to mention all the miserable rules about not being able to play certain games or use non-gw models in the store.
I'll take my local trader over GW any day, and that makes me proud.
So about 2 years ago, they closed the mall location and relocated to the strip mall on the other side of the street. A simple move of about 200 meters brought us freedom from the mall idiots, three times the floor space, friendly neighbours - several of which benefit quite a bit from the GW crowd (supporting local businesses FTW!), and enough breathing room on the budget to nearly double the staff! Not to mention the freedom to set their own hours, which lets them do all sorts of neat stuff.
Sorry to hear you're losing your GW, deathula - hopefully they'll be back again someday.
I hear a lot of horror stories about GW stores being pretty lame especially to most peoples "cool" local independent store but, I would kill to have a GW near by. I have a store in my town that sells warhammer stuff (only store for miles and miles too) but, everything is faded and covered in dust. They constantly have the new releases but, I don't know why they bother ordering them because I swear I'm the only warhammer gamer in my town.
To give you an example of the type of gaming climate I'm living in: They ordered 1 copy of space hulk, put it out a week early and it didn't sell until I bought it.
I feel your pain because it's worse to have something and then lose it than to never have it! (unlike the old saying goes)
My GW wasn't bad, but yeah, even if they come back I'll still go to one of the two local independent retailers in my area. Can't get Vallejo paints in a GW store!
To those who are pimping their local indie retailer, we have nothing of the sort. We've got a Games Workshop store in the town but it's really, really small. There's two seats on a painting table and two 6x4 tables, that's it. Even though I order most of my stuff online, I've always known the staff so I pop in most of the time just to pick up paints and stuff like that. Friendly bunch.
But I would kill for a decent independent retailer not for the stock, but for the gaming scene. Some new folks to play with or tables to play on.
For those moaning about their rubbish local indie store, why not buy online? I mean, 25% discount hello?
And me, usually if I haven't seen it in person, I don't want to buy it without sampling first, even if by "sampling" I mean holding in my hand and taking a good up-close look.