It's Game on as branch reopens
A COMPUTER games store has reopened in the city centre.
Game had two units in the Potteries Shopping Centre but both were shut down in March when the group collapsed into administration.
Now its new owners have reopened the upper level store after bosses conducted a review of all the closure-hit sites.
It is employing eight people, including four who lost their jobs when the original outlet closed.
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Game store director Dave Howard said: "We're really looking forward to being a big part of the gaming community in the Potteries."
The store opened its doors yesterday.
Regional manager Nicola Collins added: "We have some great launch deals and a fantastic and knowledgeable team."
Game Group, which traded under the Game and Gamestation brands, fell into administration after several suppliers refused to provide it with new products.
Administrators at PriceWaterhouseCoopers subsequently closed 277 stores across the UK and Ireland, including those at the Potteries Shopping Centre, the Market Centre in Crewe, and Gaolgate Street in Stafford, resulting in 2,089 redundancies.
In April private investment firm OpCapita bought the remainder of the group's UK business out of administration for a nominal £1, saving nearly 3,200 retail jobs. Stores in Newcastle, Congleton and the Gamestation branch in Parliament Row, Hanley, were among 333 kept open as a result.
The new firm, Game Retail, also reopened stores in Bath and Sheffield yesterday, while outlets in Banbury, Aylesbury and Swindon opened last month.
Rob Rymond, aged 23, of Norton Heights, used to work at the Hanley store before he was made redundant when it closed down. He said: "I did have a temporary job for a while but it's great to have been asked to come back. I enjoy the job and a lot of the customers have seemed very happy to see us again, which is what it's all about."
Asked about the stores that closed in Crewe and Stafford, a spokesman for the firm said: "Game Retail is currently looking at a number of opportunities but are unable to comment on particular sites at this time."