Deathwatch: Game Group in adminstration - 277 stores close immediately

26 March 2012

retail deathwatch It’s a diabolical day for staff at Game and Gamestation – this morning, the parent company, Game Group, went into adminstration, and it's just been announced that administrator PWC is closing 277 of their UK stores with immediate effect because they are either loss making, have too high fixed costs or are badly located.

The closures will mean that 2,119 jobs are to go at Game Group (2104 at the stores, 15 at head office).

The search for a buyer for the company continues and it’ll be a stripped-down version of the company that is on offer. Over the weekend it emerged that Royal Bank of Scotland could be a possible buyer, which would technically give us our first ever state-owned games retailer, but if RBS is interested, it’ll get to cherry-pick the parts of the company that it wants.

Over in the USA, games retailer GameStop is also said to be waiting in the wings to make a bid. Whatever happens, there are over 2,000 Game Group staff members whose worlds have just been turned upside down.

The full list of doomed stores can be found after the jump..

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

TOPICS:   High Street News   Games


  • keith
    Ha ha. Good riddance.
  • Mr G.
    What is a state owned bank doing buying a tired,washed out retailer like Game??
  • Nicholson101
    I feel for the staff losing their jobs but they deserve it just for moaning about steam and then not giving a shit about PC games at all.
  • shoplifter
    It`s the management who are shits here...not the front line staff-and now there will be less more stores for me to nick not they realise it`s also knocking the pub trade (where I meet my clients)!
  • Sicknote
    Shame for the staff but good riddance to the high street equal to RyanAir
  • Jeebus
    All gaming retail is fucked anyway....once physical formats are done with (next-gen consoles) retailers will well and truly be buggered, all that's happened is Tesco, Asda and online retailers have sped up the for Game well I sympathise with the staff but as for the company good riddance, any business which refuses to compete on price, selection and customer service (beyond trying to flog you a ridiculously overpriced game-guide to accompany the game) is pretty much asking to be put out of it's misery anyway.
  • Wonkey H.
    Where is Geri going to shop for games for her daughter now ?
  • regular n.
    PWC will no doubt be licking their lips - they are a bunch of cunts!
  • Mike H.
    You gotta move with the times GAME. If you're not prepared to drop your prices in line with online retailers and make yourself competative, and introduce some kind of online DL service, you'll go the same way as the 'video shops' fucking cretins!
  • oliverreed
    @regular non-reader - won't the administrators get paid first as well with an ever growing bill - Price Waterhouse Cunts as you say!
  • Shortsighted S.
    Sympathy for all those who may lose their job. Remember although Game own Gamestation the 2 are not the same - my local Gamestation (& every one I went into) had decent deals & knowledgeable staff. I won't miss Game but I will miss Gamestation
  • Kevin
    ' If you’re not prepared to drop your prices in line with online retailers ' Nevermind online, try other high street shops!
  • Head
    When did Game buy Gamestation, weren't they separate companies at one point?. Funny if RBS buys it, a lose making bank buying a loss making games business lol. Feel sorry for the staff. I am sure there is more death to come in the retail space, here's looking at you DSGi group.
  • Euan
    Game bought Gamestation in 2007...
  • Spark
    Not Gamestop, anybody but Gamestop. I would rather that Gazprom or Walmart bought this company than Gamestop.
  • PumpkinHead
    Really tragic news for all the staff - I feel for them - and yet another boarded up shopfront in our town centres...unless they become pound shops. Whatever your views on their pricing it's sad to see one of the main high street outlets for buying games disappear. Had my suspicions when the spring clearance sale was on. Whatever happens though I will NEVER use Steam.
  • Phil
    @PumpkinHead - Why will you never use Steam? I use to avoid it but tried it once when I got the orange box and released just how damn convenient it is. Also it doesn't require you to be connected 100% of the time unlike some DRM ubisoft use.
  • Spark
    What's a real joke is that thousands of retail staff will lose their jobs but only 15 in the head office and you can bet your arse that those people will be at the lower end of the head office (admin clerks etc) who probably never did any harm to anybody but are now losing their livelihoods instead of the greedy corporate bastards who caused most of this trouble in the first place.
  • Rafe
    I told you. Karma regained. I hope the offensive minimum wage ignoramuses of Game find more appropriate work... on street corners!
  • Cilla B.
    Iya luv. Rafe is ded rite dem baasderds skitted me boyfriend, Rikkie (19). I was gettin him Mass Affekt 3 but dey dinn ave it. They fought it was funnie. I shagged a Beetle ya no. They didn evin know wat the Beetles was.
  • Stringer B.
    @ shoplifter And if (is is being reported) Abu Dhabi buys RBS and they become the new owners of Game? Fancy shoplifting from them then?
  • Arnie
    Serves them right. I've been to the ones in Hemel "Hemel Hempstead Unit 201, The Marlowes Shopping Centre Hemel Hempstead Unit 12, The Marlowes Shopping Centre" They're less than a minute from each other, with a GameStation across the road. Who's genius idea was that?
  • Important P.
    Yay! Bognor store not due to be closed. I must txt Geri at once.
  • Exactly
    One more reason to NEVER go to Dewsbury again.
  • Cuntability B.
    No Gamestations closing then? Good news if so- GS is still a reasonably good shop. Sorry for all those Game employees that won't get paid for the last four weeks, still at least they won't be able to buy Spice Girls CDs eh rafe?
  • who c.
    with all the high street shops going, surely it wont be to long till website prices go up as there is no one to compete against
  • corbyboy
    The Newlands Centre is a tiny little shopping centre in Kettering that has about 20 shops. It has a Game and a Gamestation that are next to each other. Notice the Gamestation was closed today. Game had no stock in it either.
  • Can y.
    Balls... They are closing Gamestation in my area and not Game. Sorry to all staff...
  • Idi A.
    Not surprised about Leamington Spa -- that has to be one of the most expensive addresses around. How it's kept open this long is a mystery.
  • shoplifter
    @ Stringer Bell....your point is....what I`ll cut off my arms....they`ll cut off my arms....? Anyway I`m off down the pub to flog ...see ya down there
  • unbelievable
    Wtf is RBS a state owned bank? buying GAYME? does that mean the public will be paying for/ bailing out these fcukers?
  • Dick
    Have they actually shut down now, or is it worth the £2 bus fare to go and have a laugh?
  • YeahRight
    Dick A £2 bus fare is about 500 yards these days. Basically, walk there and laugh you lazy bastard!
  • jt
    So, 2104 staff across 277 stores, or an average of 7.5 staff per store. Is there a special room at the back of each store where the staff hide?
    well with all these stores closing, and them not really having a last day ditch sale on all the stock like woolworths done.... where is all the stock going and what are they doing with it???????..... there is no way all the games and consloes have been sold over night as the prices in ' SPING SALE' were rediculous....... im circling like a vulture to buy all there stock and strt my online business :-)
  • bored w.
    If I was an employes and not having been paid the equivalent stock would be coming home with me
  • che b.
    Stores closed and the stock will be re-allocated to the ones that remain open. Stiock will then be sold cheaper and cheaper and cheaper until it is all gone. Then the doors of every store will then close, happened to Woolies, happened to Zavvi so will happen to Game. Feel sorry to all those that have lost their jobs though.
  • Practical W.
    The issue is that the existing retail model on the high street needs to change if the high street is to survive. Bricks & morter shops will most likely never be able to compete on price with the internet, but if it is within a few quid, then I appreciate there should be a small premium to have the goods right now. Disparity between a £17.99 game from Play and a £39.99 copy of the same from Game in store just smacks of a broken retail model, or at very least one that refuses to change with shopping habits. If Game were within £5.00 of the cheapest online price, they could also offer additional incentives to visit the store such as daily tournaments, introducing a rental scheme, free wifi, an area to 'ad-hoc' on your Vita/DS...etc.. the list goes on. It only takes a bit of creative thinking to realise that a high street game retailer is a venue for gaming, not just an outlet to push sales. Broken retail model is broken. I hope that the future of gaming still has a presence on the high street and that the store bigwigs realise that engaging the gaming community in a meaningful way, whilst keeping prices within a realistic cost of etailers, is the only way to win custom back.
  • Tnuc
    Just fuck off with your 'disparity', twat. Nobody wants your opinion and your boyfriend is gay.
  • Tnuc
    Btw 'morter'- yeah you're clever
  • Tnuc's M.
    Now now tnucy-wookie. Come in and your tablets like a good boy.
  • Tnuc
    And I bum foxes
  • Capability B.
    I thought I was this month's fox bummer?
  • Tnuc
    You must learn to share!
  • gettalife
    the reason game is shutting is cos all gamers are twat faced, kark heads who don't get out of their pits til late afternoon thus missing Game's trading hours. Fuckers!
  • Capability B.
    I shared your mum with a couple of alsatians (Debbie Macgee style) last night...
  • Important P.
  • Delta

    It is shame. Physical Retail games will only die once halfwits have finally been guided like sheep towards digital downloads only. It's all about developers not wanting you buying,selling,swapping,loaning or borrowing games anymore. It's now all about developers wanting you to purchase their game, and pay for it forever. Try and lend or sell a digital copy to a friend or mate. Not possible.Take Abergavenny GAME store. It's now gone and now people have only Argos to try and get titles from. And boy do I mean try. Most Argos titles are online only exclusives. Abergavenny Tesco metro is piss poor and stock but 2 Of the top titles for Xbox1 and PS4. TWO! The rest of the shelves are stocked with Blu-ray titles that no bugger ever buys because of downloading. Now the town is overun with coffee shops, mobile phone shops, charity shops and those awful irritating Tat shops, posing as Antique's. Most arrive and die overtnight. It needs to be seen to be believed. I liked the fun of walking into a shop and browsing through the Games. Yes physical retail is dying out and most of you people are F****NG making it happen by simply going with the flow. A future without high Street stores is just another version of subversion. Remember that.

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