GameStop Reportedly Closing 200 Stores, Will Your Tri-State Locations Be Affected?
It's being reported from many different news outlets, including this article from GameSpot (NOT GameStop, mind you), that one of the most popular dedicated video game retail stores in the country will be closing more than 200 of their stores nation wide.
While this is reportedly less than 3% of their estimated 7,500 stores, as a huge consumer of video games and a frequent customer of GameStop, I was anxious to find out whether or not any of the locations here in the Tri-State would be affected by this. So, I personally picked up the phone and called their three Evansville locations, as well as their fine stores in Newburgh and Henderson, KY. I spoke to a Manager, Assistant Manager, or a Shift Manager at each location, and this is what I was able to find out about each location.
SPOILER ALERT: I wasn't able to find out very much, but this is what they had to say:
EVANSVILLE WEST SIDE (RED BANK RD.):
When asked if their location would be closing, I was told, "I don't believe so."
EVANSVILLE EAST SIDE (LLOYD EXPRESSWAY & BURKHARDT RD.):
When asked if their store would be closing, I was told, "I can't talk about that."
EVANSVILLE GREEN RIVER RD (EASTLAND MALL):
I called the store, and was greeted by an automated recording that confirmed it was definitely a GameStop store, which I got at several of the other phone numbers I called, but when the recording transferred me to a live representative, nobody answered. I tried again about 10 minutes later with the same result. Their voicemail was full.
NEWBURGH (HIGH POINTE DR.):
When asked if their store would be closing, I was told, "I have no idea."
HENDERSON, KY (US HIGHWAY 60):
When asked if their store would be closing, I was told, "I haven't heard about any stores in the Tri-State closing." He went on to tell me there would be a conference call later tonight and he would hopefully know more about the situation at that time.
So there you have it, my hard-hitting journalistic skills at work. Personally, I hope none of the five stores in the area wind up closing. If I learn more I will share it with you.