Games retailer GAME to close Newry branch

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Business, News

13 of the 18 game branches in Northern Ireland will close

Computer games retailer GAME has gone into administration this week and has announced that 13 of 18 Northern Ireland stores will close, including the Newry branch. The total job loses across Northern Ireland is set to be around 110.

The retailer has been in trouble for a number of weeks and has announced that the only branches surviving in Northern Ireland are – Newtownabbey (Abbey Centre), Belfast (Donegall Arcade), Craigavon (Rushmere Centre), Derry (Richmond Centre) and Newtownards. The retailer joins Gamestation in closing it’s Newry branch.

A spokesperson for the administrators said, “Despite these challenges, we believe that there is room for a specialist game retailer in the territories in which it operates, including its biggest one, the UK. As a result, we are hopeful that a going concern sale of the business is achievable.”

He continued, “Our priority is to continue trading the business as normal while we continue to pursue a sale,” Mr Jervis added. The recent job losses are regrettable but will place the company in a stronger position while we explore opportunities to conclude a sale. My team and I will be doing all we can to help the affected employees at this difficult time.”

Administrators are said to be working closely with employees to ensure they receive support and assistance with their claims for redundancy. The businesses website has also gone down “for maintenance” today with the message “we are currently reviewing and processing orders placed on this website.”


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