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End of the Game

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Posted March 27, 2012 by Richard Plant in Editorial
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High street retailer GAME Group have officially announced the appointment of PWC as the chain’s administrator, alongside the closure of a significant of the group’s UK stores.

Around 300 GAME and Gamestation locations are set to close immediately, according to a list posted by industry publication MCV. This is to include all of the company’s stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland, alongside many of the locations in busy streets around England, Scotland and Wales.

The group’s flagship store in Birmingham New Street is among those set to close for the final time.

The problems that began with lenders unhappy with debt repayments due to a poor Christmas period have finally claimed the country’s largest specialist games retailer, with the loss of more than 2,000 jobs immediately.

The company’s press release is characteristically terse, stating only that the board “would like to thank the teams of GAME and Gamestation colleagues around the world for their exemplary dedication, passion and professionalism.”

Our best wishes go out to all those affected by the closures, and I’ll certainly personally miss the presence of their shops in North London. The full list of stores closed is attached below.

Abergavenny Unit 3 Cibi Walk, Frogmore Street
Accrington 29 Broadway
Aintree Comet
Altrincham 97 George Street
Andover 49 High Street
Antrim Unit 42, Junction One Outlet Centre
Ashford 18 County Square
Ashington 12 Station Road, Ashington
Ashton Unit 28, The Arcade
Athlone Unit 44 Athlone Town Centre
Aylesbury Units 36-37, Friars Sq. Shopping Centre
Ballymena Unit 15 Fairhill Shopping Centre
Banbury 4B Castle Quay Shopping Centre
Bangor NI 9 Bloomfield Centre
Barking Unit 17 Vicarage Fields Shopping
Barnet Unit 10 The Spires Shopping Centre
Barnsley 32 Market Street
Barnstaple 30 High Street
Barrow In Furness Unit 26, Portland Walk
Basildon 84 Town Square
Basingstoke 3 Mayfair House
Bath SU7 St Lawrence Street, Southgate Centre
Beckton 19 Gallions Reach, 3 Armada Way
Belfast Unit 55 Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast
Belfast (Conns) Unit 20, Connswater Centre
Belfast (Forestside) Unit 12, Forestside Shopping Centre, Upper Galway
Birkenhead 35-37 Milton Pavement, Grange Precinct
Birmingham Unit 52, The Pallasades
Birmingham 138 New Street
Birmingham Fort Unit 3a The Fort Shopping Park
Bishop Auckland 59 Newgate Street
Blackburn Unit 7 Victoria Court, The Mall
Blackpool Unit 19, Houndshill Shopping Centre
Blanchardstown Unit 112, Blanchardstown Town Centre
Bluewater LO42 Lower Thames Walk, Bluewater
Bolton 37 Newport Street
Bootle Unit 7, 63 Parkside, Strand Shopping Centre
Boston 23 Strait Bargate
Bournemouth Unit 4, Avenue Centre, Commercial Road
Bournemouth 49 Commercial Street
Bracknell 39 Princess Square
Bradford Unit 2, The Broadway
Bradford 4-6 Darley Street
Brent Cross Unit B15, Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Bridgend 12/14 Adare Street
Bridlington Unit 11 The Promenades
Brighton 69 Western Road
Bristol SU16 Cabots Circus, Broadmead
Bromley 68-68A High Street
Burnley 68/70 St James Street
Burton on Trent 7 Underhill Walk
Bury 20 Princess Parade
Buxton Unit 13, Spring Gardens
Camden 124 Camden High Street
Cannock 6 Market Hall Street
Canterbury 14 High Street
Cardiff 92 Queen Street
Chatham 152 High Street
Cheltenham 100 High Street
Chester 39 Foregate Street
Chesterfield 22 Vicar Lane Shopping Centre (10 Vicar Lane)
Chiswick 350 High Road
Cirencester 26, Cricklade Street
Clacton on Sea 20-22 Station Road
Colchester 3 Shewell Walk, (Unit 13 The Culver Centre)
Coleraine 16 Kingsgate Street
Collierswood Unit 9a Tandem Centre, Christchurch Road
Congleton 45-47 High Street
Cork 6 Mahon Point, Cork
Cork 66 Patrick Street, , Cork, Eire,
Coventry Unit 22, West Orchards Centre, Smithford Way
Cowley 107 Pound Way, Templars Square Shopping Centre
Cramlington 4 Dudley Court
Crawley Unit 8, County Mall
Crawley 10-12 The Martlets
Crewe Unit 7, The Market Centre
Croydon 98/99 Whitgift Centre
Croydon (Purley Way) Comet
Cumbernauld Unit 29, Antonine Shopping Centre, Tryst Road
Dewsbury 12 Longcauseway
Doncaster 43/44 Market Place
Dorchester 55 South Street
Dublin 2 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Eire,
Dublin Unit 18, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1
Dublin (Dundrum) Unit 10, Level 3, Dundrum Centre, Dublin
Dublin (Dundrum) Hamleys Dundrum
Dublin (Liffey) Unit 37, Liffey Valley Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin,
Dudley 7 Churchill Parade
Dudley (Merry Hill) Unit L87, Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Dumbarton 77/79 High Street
Dundee 40 Murraygate
Dunstable 6-8 Nicholas Way, Quadrant Shopping Centre, Dunstable, LU6 1TD
Durham Unit SU40, Land Of The Prince Bishops Shopping Centre
East Ham 111 High Street North
East Kilbride 5 The Olympia, Town Centre
Edinburgh 127 Princes Street
Edinburgh (Leith) Unit RU4, Ocean Terminal
Ellesmere Port 18 Mercers Walk
Enfield 37 Church Street
Enniskillen Unit 23, Erneside Shopping Centre
Evesham Unit 16, Riverside Centre
Exeter SU19 Princeshay
Falkirk Unit 34, Howgate Centre
Fleet 16 Hart Centre
Gainsborough Unit 13b, Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough
Galashiels Unit 8 Douglas Bridge, Galashiels
Galway 5 Eglington Street
Glasgow Unit L3/22 , Buchanan Galleries
Glasgow Hamleys Glasgow
Glasgow 146 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow 83 Sauchiehall Street
Glenrothes 42 Unicorn Way
Gloucester 16 Kings Walk
Grantham 53 High Street
Great Yarmouth Unit 10 Market Gates Shopping Centre
Gretna Unit 53, Gretna Outlet Village
Grimsby 24 Victoria Street West
Halesowen 38 Hagley Mall, Cornbow Centre, Halesowen
Halifax 12 Woolshops
Hanley Unit F, The Potteries, Hanley
Hanley 214-215 The Potteries
Harlow 8 Broad Walk, Harlow
Harrogate 2D Cheltenham Parade
Harrow 68-70 St. Anns Road
Hartlepool 92 Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
Hastings 19 Queens Road
Hemel Hempstead Unit 201, The Marlowes Shopping Centre
Hemel Hempstead Unit 12, The Marlowes Shopping Centre
Hereford 56 Commercial Street
High Wycombe 16 Church Street
Hounslow Unit 13, The Treaty Centre, High Street
Hull Unit G46, Princes Quay
Huyton Unit 5 Cavendish Walk, Derby Road, Huyton
Hyde 8 The Square, Hyde
Ilford 172 – 174 High Road
Inverness 6-8 Ingliss Street
Jarrow 25 Viking Precinct, Jarrow
Kensington 185 High Street
Kettering 27 Gold Street
Kidderminster 82 Worcester Street
Kingston 64-66 Clarence Street
Lakeside Unit 282 Lakeside Shopping Centre
Lancaster Unit 15, Ashton Walk, St. Nicholas Arcade
Leamington Spa 83 Parade
Leeds 50-52 Albion Street
Leeds 18 Kirkgate
Leeds (Birstall) Unit 8b Birstall Shopping Park
Leeds (Crossgates) 58 Crossgates Shopping Centre
Leeds (Crown Point) Unit 5b Crown Point Retail park
Leicester 42 Granby Street
Lewisham 68 Lewisham Centre
Limmerick Unit 11A, Cruises Street, Limerick, Eire,
Lincoln (Valentine) Unit 2a Valentine Retail Park
Lisburn 6 Bow Street
Lisburn Unit A10, Bow St. Mall
Liverpool Unit 43/44 Clayton Square Shopping Centre
Liverpool Unit 44, South John Street
Llandudno 46 Mostyn Street
Llanelli Unit 1, Llanelli Shopping Centre
Long Eaton 10 Market Place
Lowestoft 43 London Road North
Luton 142-144 Andale Centre
Luton 39 George Street
Macclesfield 25 Mill Street
Maidenhead 75 Queens Walk, The Nicholson Centre
Maidstone 351 Chequers Centre
Manchester Unit L16 Arndale Centre
Manchester Unit 59, Arndale Centre
Manchester (Trafford) 124 Peel Centre, Trafford Centre
Mansfield 38A Westgate
Meadowhall Unit 29, High Street, Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Meadowhall Unit 52, High Street, Meadowhall Centre
Melton Mowbray 14-15 Market Place, Melton Mowbray
Merthyr Tydfill 4 Graham Way, Tydfils Shopping Centre
Merthyr Tydfill Unit 3 Beacons Place Shopping Centre
Metrocentre Unit 112 Lower blue hall, Metro Centre
Middlesbrough 108 Linthorpe Road
Middleton G14 Middleton Shopping Centre
Milton Keynes Unit SU 10, Midsumer Place
Monaghan Unit 27 Monaghan Shopping Centre
Newark 9 St Marks Place
Newbury 63A North Brook Street
Newcastle 8 High Friars, Eldon Square
Newcastle Fenwicks Concession
Newcastle 78 Grainger Street
Newport 13 Commercial Street
Newport Isle Of Wight 63 High Street
Newry Unit 12A, Buttercrane Shopping Centre
North Finchley 776 High Road
North Shields Comet
Northampton 17 Abingdon Street
Norwich 17 St Stephens Street
Norwich 3-4 Castle Mall Shopping Centre
Nottingham Unit 2, 33 Listergate
Nuneaton 2A Market Place
Oldham Unit 18, The Spindles Shopping Centre
Omagh Unit 5, Main Street Development
Orpington 79 – 81 The Walnuts, Orpington, BR6 0TW
Perth 9 Scott Street
Peterlee 21 Yoden Way
Plymouth 81/83 New George Street
Portadown Unit 6, High Street Mall
Portsmouth 7 Meadow Walk, Cascades Shopping Centre
Preston 8 Fishergate Centre
Preston 172 Friargate
Putney Unit 28, Exchange Shopping Centre
Ramsgate 30 High Street
Reading Unit 17 Oracle Shopping Centre
Redcar Unit 8, Regent Centre
Rhyl 64 High St
Rochdale 54 Market Way
Rugby 45-46 Clocktower Centre
Runcorn 48 Forest Walk, Halton Lea Shopping Centre
Salisbury 11 High Street
Scarborough 112B Westborough
Scunthorpe 58 High Street
Sheffield Unit 22/24, Fargate
Sheffield 37/41 The Moor
Shrewsbury 3-4 Castle Street
Skelmersdale UNIT 27 Upper Mall, The Concourse Shopping Centre
Slough N21 Curzon Mall, Queensmere Centre
Solihull Comet
South Shields 89/91 King Street
Southampton Unit SU8, West Quay Centre
Southampton 82 Above Bar Street
Southport 203 Lord Street
Speke Comet
St Albans Unit 32, The Maltings
Stafford 21 Gaolgate Street
Staines 54 High Street
Stevenage 64 Queensway
Stevenage 54 Queensway
Stirling Unit 24, The Thistle Centre
Stockport Comet
Stockton-on-Tees Unit SU32, Wellington Square
Stockton-on-Tees 134B High Street
Stratford 88 The Mall
Stratford upon Avon 13 Town Square Shopping Centre
Sunderland 251 High Street
Sunderland 27 Blandford Street
Sutton 192 High Street
Sutton Coldfield Unit SU7, New Hall Walk, Lower Sutton Parade
Swansea 12 Union Street
Swindon 9 Havelock Square, Brunel Shopping Centre
Swindon 7 Regent Sreet
Tallaght Unit 307, The Square
Tamworth Unit 18, Ankerside
Taunton 47 North Street
Telford Unit 6, 159 New Mall, Telford Shopping Centre
Telford 32 Sherwood Street, Telford Shopping Centre
Torquay 5 Union House
Truro Unit 2, 4/6 Pyder Street
Uxbridge 13 Market Square
Victoria 10 Victoria Place, Buckingham Palace Road
Wakefield 17 Kirkgate
Walsall 42 Old Square Shopping Centre
Walthamstow Unit 11A, Selbourne Centre
Wandsworth 61 South Mall, Wandsworth Shopping Centre
Warrington 46 The Mall
Washington Unit 30 Albany Mall, The Galleries
Washington 26 Albany Mall
Welwyn Garden City 21 The Howard Centre
Wembley 458 High Road
West Belfast Unit 4 Park Centre, Donegall Road
Weston Super Mare 85 High Street
Weymouth Unit 5, Bond Street Centre
Wigan 23 Market Place
Winchester 106A High Street
Windsor 21 King Edward Court
Woking 4 Middle Walk
Wolverhampton 27 Dudley Street
Wood Green 83 High Road
Woolwich 112 Powis Street
Wrexham 42-43 Hope Street
Wythenshawe 18 The Birtles, Wythenshawe
Yeovil 13-15 Vicarage Walk, Quedam Shopping Centre
York Unit3, 5 Spurriergate


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Richard Plant

Author, producer, dreamweaver… also actor. Willing to talk at length about JRPGs for food.

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