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UK Retailer Grainger Games In Trouble, Cancelling Pre-Orders

UK high street chain Grainger Games has had it’s supplier credit limits cut and are currently “working tirelessly with our advisers to explore all options and are in dialogue with a number of interested parties regarding the future of the business.”

The company is informing those who have pre-ordered games, including Far Cry 5, that they will not be getting the title. Grainger Games reported losses of £1.3 million last year and investors are said to be worried following the collapse of Toys R Us and Maplins. Grainger have said that these failures have meant that “confidence in UK high street retail has been at an all-time low.”

We have had a tip-off that the company has already stopped trading certain hardware and are preparing to close stores, possibly as early as Monday, although we must stress we have not confirmed these details.

Grainger have 67 stores across the country and employ around 400 staff.

Source: ChroniceLive / Gamasutra

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8 Comments
  1. JustTaylorNow
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    I’m sorry but who?

    Never ever heard of this store

    Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 09:50.
    • parryman
      Member
      Since: Apr 2012

      They seem to be no further south than Nottingham

      Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 10:05.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Yeah they’re oop north. I’m just showing that even as one of those London based metropolitan elitists, I care about the scum outside the M25.

        :P

        Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 11:31.
    • Eldur
      Member
      Since: Nov 2012

      I believe they’re originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne – the original store, in the Toon’s Grainger Market, was one of my favourite games stores when I was at uni. I’m sorry to hear they’re struggling.

      Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 14:08.
  2. camdaz
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    That’s a shame but not surprising. With oline retailers and supermarkets able to sell games etc cheaper it’s difficult for high Street stores to compete.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 09:52.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      It has a substantial online presence and used to be (might still be) quite affordable. I’d have expected GAME to go under before anyone like grainger games tbh.

      Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 10:46.
      • camdaz
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Yeah most highstreet shops do but they also have a lot of expenses for the shops like rent, rates, staff, cleaning etc.

        Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 12:00.
  3. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Oh, the condom guys.

    A few years ago, they did a rather bizarre event where people were given condoms. It was a press event for games and er… yeaaah, why did they give out condoms again? If I recall correctly, Tuffcub was the one who had the misfortune of attending such a spectular failure.

    If they aren’t like Game, they could come back from this. If they are like game, they best hope that whatever Game does to survive, that they can copy it.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2018 at 17:52.