By Liam Hoofe, Amy Towne & Ryan Dillion: Game stores across Staffordshire face an uncertain future after the High Street retailer filed for administration.
The company runs several stores in the city, including two in the Potteries Centre in Hanley and a Gamestation which it also owns on Hanley’s High Street.
The chain also has Gamestation and Game shops in Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with dozens of people employed in each store.
Staff are worried for their jobs after news of the firm’s bid to file for administration was announced today (March 21).
The deputy manager of Game in Hanley told StaffsLive: “We are all in the dark over the future of the store at the moment. We can’t say any more than that.”
It was clear there was an uneasy atmosphere in the store among staff who will be worried for their jobs.
The store is currently holding a ‘spring clean’ sale where it has significantly slashed the price of most of its stock.
The company has said it will continue to trade for the forseeable future.
In a statement, a spokesman said: “In the short term the Board’s intention is that the business will continue to trade.
“Discussions with lenders and third parties will continue under the protection of the interim moratorium.”
Shoppers were disappointed to hear the news about another major retailer’s troubles.
Nathan Ritchie, a regular shopper at Game, said: “I really hope that Game doesn’t shut down.
“It’s the most reliable store to buy games from and I will struggle to find an alternative which offers the same quality.”