GameStop has closed all of its Northern Irish branches and will be ceasing all store trading within the country immediately. The story first broke over at The Gaming Liberty with a picture showing a branch of GameStop shuttered and with posters advertising the company’s website for future purchases.
Michael Finucane, Gamestop’s Commercial Director, spoke to MCV.
“The recent store closures in Northern Ireland are part of our plan, announced six months ago, to exit the UK market from a brick and mortar perspective. We started this process last year closing our Birmingham, Stockport and Belfast locations. The stores in the Republic of Ireland are not affected at this time.”
There is some speculation that staff were only told over the weekend about the plans to close the stores though this is currently unknown. Of course, our best goes out to those who lost their jobs after closures and hope they find employment elsewhere.