GAME store closures list: Find out if YOUR local store is shutting down

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GAME has announced plans to shut down 40 stores in the UK, and a list of the confirmed stores affected can be found below.

GAME said dozens of stores are being closed due to the “challenging retail market” landscape.

The high street retailer first served notice to 13 sites including the branches in Watford, Leicester, Canterbury and Glasgow Fort.

And earlier this week notice was served to a further 14 sites such as the stores in Derby and Lakeside.

If you’re wondering if your local GAME store is affected then you can find below the full list of branches that will be shutting down…

GAME STORE CLOSURES LIST – CONFIRMED STORE CLOSURES SO FAR

• Bexleyheath

• Canterbury

• Carmarthen

• Derby

• Glasgow Fort

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GAME store closures list – Find out if YOUR local store is shutting down (Image: GAME)

• Lakeside

• Leicester

• Mansfield

• Norwich Chapelfield

• Watford

GAME said that they intend to serve notice to other sites that will be affected by the closures “in the near future”.

Speaking about the news, a GAME spokesperson said: “We are working closely with landlords throughout the UK to ensure that we do not have to vacate the 40 locations which could lead to a number of job losses.

“However, we are facing a challenging retail market and GAME with its extensive retail footprint, needs to restructure and landlords need to work with us in setting realistic, fair rents.”

Nationwide GAME has 259 stores and 21 Belong eSports arenas, according to figures from last October.

The news comes after in July the retailer’s parent company Sports Direct said GAME needed to “diversify” to make sure it didn’t become “irrelevant”.

The report from the Mike Ashley-owned firm said: “To get the GAME retail and Belong concepts right will also require a higher degree of flexibility than has proven possible under the current collaboration agreement.

“In a challenged market, the collaboration agreement simply does not go far enough to address the issues GAME faces as a standalone business.

“The structural and escalating shift to digital gaming and game streaming will have a significant impact on physical games retailers.

“The retail market is littered with examples of businesses that failed to adapt quickly enough to changing consumer demands.

“Sports Direct believes that GAME needs to diversify and future-proof its product mix if it is to keep up with technological developments and ensure that it does not become irrelevant to customers.”

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