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I'm currently in the works of opening up a Game shop.
I just want to get a little feed back on a few things you all look for in a good store. I've got plenty of ideas about what I want, but I'd like to get a bigger picture.
SO post away fellow LO'ers.
Plenty of otions for all games, gaming tables, maybe a paint table, some display models and so on. Take inspiration from GW.
Well a wide choice of stuff on sale. Some displays would be nice. Gaming tables if posible of course. Yea.:yes:
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Well, my ideas and thoughts would kinda depend on what space you have..if you have a building yet that is.
If you have another room, it could be an idea to put the gaming and painting areas in there, as that would save space for the main room for demo tables, as well as space for the customers to be able to move about in. Though again, kinda depends how much space you have.
The only problem with having another room is fire exits and the possibilty of having to buy a CCTV camera so that staff would be able to keep an eye on the room from the main room.
A wide choice of games is nice, but it depends on what your market research says. If there isn't a call for Urban War, theres no need to stock it to start with, but then I'm sure you know all that. Heh.
*thinks* Helpful staff that know what their on about is always good too.
Thats all I can think of at the minute lol.
Good luck with it though Hope it all works out dude.
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The most important factors for me are:
1) Lowest price
2) Dependable service
For a brick and mortar, I'll add:
The staff knows the regulars and the store helps to create a community.
When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't crawl, find someone to carry you.
The staff should be hobbyists themselves, as they can help undecided customers on their choices.
Also, possibility of long-time customers making orders for specific kits/figures to be added to your next order of GW goods.
gaming nights perhaps?
an opening gaming "event" could draw in some people to the shop - like a tournament or something?
*hmm* *tries to think of the independant stockist nearby*
perhaps a coffee service for the older gamers
thats about all i can think of, everyone else kinda hit the nail on the head
i would almost suggest a game system in the corner, i know a cafe in leicester (UK) that does that. its pretty cool! has a nice atmosphere, though they get a lot of moochers, and it could be costly (a console + tv on all day every day)
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Definately some kind of gaming evenings, then the customers might feel obliged to buy at the store to keep it running instead of ordering from a cheaper webshop.
Coffee service or food of any kind beyond vending machines presents a whole new problem, namely that you need a food service license and have to get inspections. You'd be better off positioning your operation near take-out restaurants and being friendly about outside food.
If you're opening in Santa Clarita, you might have the pop. density to run a shop, but you might have to do something in addition to games to move enough stuff. Most places I've lived, the game shop has always been fused with a larger hobby (models and trains and things), comic, or general game (board games and the like) shop.
Running an online storefront might help, as you widen the market base, meaning you can have more items in stock because you aren't dependent on the local buyers to be your only market. This is good on both fronts, as local and online buyers are happier if they don't have to wait for special orders, but is bad because it requires a larger start-up investment and more money invested in product at any given time. Also, GW can really mess up online sellers, so you'd have to limit storefront sales to non-GW products, but offer GW items on sale by phone order.
The game consoles aren't a bad idea. The problem is that you have to offer something that people can't get at home for cheap/free. The best way I can think to do this is to network a couple Xboxes, get a couple big plasmas, a few nice couches, good sound systems, and focus on games like Halo, where you can have teams of four users on each box competing against each other. The electricity will be the cheapest part of that operation. The screens, seats, and potential licensing fees would be more significant. Even with that, I'd imagine you could rent out each box at a pretty low hourly rate. On the other hand, that sort of operation would also be very disruptive to other parts of the shop.
So far what I plan on having is as follows.
Weekly tournaments. spread across all the card, click and table top games out their it wont be hard to host one a week.
Tables. I want to have room for 6 tables to be set up 24/7 with plenty of room to move around. (something about a gamers ass rubbing up against you as he walks by is disturbing.) I want to up the # of tables for tourneys to at least 10 or more.
Merchandise. I want to carry a good selection of all the major GW products, and a decent selection of specialist game material. Along with plenty of non GW items, wizkids, WotC, reaper etc.
Lockers. I want to have a set of lockers in the back for people to use to store their gear. I wont be allowing long term storage or anything, but I think it may be nice to offer.
Monthly events. Something special every month, Pizza night, Movie night, all nighters? who knows. Just something to get everyone together for a good time.
Hang out. I have a big screen and a few couches i want to put in. No console games or anything, but will be a nice place to chill between games etc.
Display. ofcorse their will be a place to display your work. I may offer to photograph the models and auction them on E-bay.
Knowledge. Well after 13+ years of gaming i think i know a thing or two, but I'm not looking forward to having to learn all the ins and outs of the card/click games.
Thats it for now.. lemme know what you guys think.