GAME make long-awaited return to Nuneaton

Vaughan Moore and Mason Moore | 27 June 2020

NATIONAL video game retailer, GAME, have officially opened their new store located in the Ropewalk Shopping Centre this morning.

The new store was set to open at 9:00 AM this morning, however, due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ explained in a tweet by the branch, it meant the ‘shiny new store’ could not open their doors at the scheduled time.

Game’s new space inside of the Ropewalk (Mason Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

GAME took to their official localised Twitter page for the Nuneaton branch to provide an explanation. They said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we won’t be able to open at 9AM.

“We are still aiming to open today, but we have a couple of wrinkles we need to iron out. #TechIsWonderful”.

Just half an hour later at 9:40 AM, the retailer informed customers that they could now come on down to their new home in the shopping complex.

When the Hinckley Free Press approached towngoers on Nuneaton’s market this morning, they shared their opinions on the video game giant making their long-awaited ‘triumphant’ return to the town centre.

17-year-old Elliot Jackman, who was working a market stall on Queens Road, said: “It’s good, because from what I’ve seen, customers can get reliable games from there.

“Some video game stores in the town used to only sell discounted and second-hand video games when Game left, but now it’s returned, they are selling first-hand physical copies.”

18-year-old resident, Steven McGhee said: “It’s important that they have all the systems in place, but it’s disappointing that they didn’t open earlier today.

“It’ll be much easier for the release of new consoles later on this year. That’s the most important thing with this Game store opening, as we won’t have to travel to Coventry.”

One Nuneaton resident said: “I’m glad to see that GAME are back in the town.”

Tony Wilkes, Ropewalk boss, said: “Ropewalk Shopping Centre is very excited to announce that the retailer Game has opened today (Saturday 27th June).

“We welcome this fantastic brand, which is a welcome addition that the Ropewalk have to offer.”

Mark Palmer, the admin of Nuneaton Memories and local historian said: “It was a shame to lose Ministry of Design, but I’m pleased that the unit has been snapped up and GAME is back in Nuneaton.”

If you are planning a trip to GAME, it is worth noting there will be a limit of eight customers in the shop at a time due to the social distancing measures in place.

In addition to this, you will have to wait for the store assistant to give you the heads up to let you know when you can enter the store.

You can find GAME located in the Ropewalk Shopping Centre in-between Schuh and women’s clothing retailer, Revolve.

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