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Game Crazy, 6080-B Garners Ferry Road: December 2009   7 comments

Posted at 2:00 am in entertainment,stores

I've never been great at video games, though I used to go to arcades pretty often. Galaga is my favorite, and the one I was/am best at, though that "best" was no great shakes on an absolute scale. I never did make the transiton from arcade games to computer/console/online games and so have never been in a store like Game Crazy. As far as I can tell from googling around, the chain has not declared bankruptcy or made the news for massive store closings, so I guess this closing can be chalked up to local conditions probably exacerbated by the recession in general. Now if they could only put some place you could get coffee and a snack in that little strip..

(Hat tip to commenter Jason)

UPDATE 28 Oct 2010 -- This place is nearly ready to re-open as a GameStop (In fact if they made the opening date promised on their sign, they are open now):

Written by ted on December 23rd, 2009

7 Responses to 'Game Crazy, 6080-B Garners Ferry Road: December 2009'

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  1. I'm guessing it's not typical for a store closing to include an ominous ransom note like that.

    Jason

    23 Dec 09 at 1:45 pm

  2. Heh. Sounds like the store owner was taking care to do the right thing and get non-store stuff out while he could. Usually you'll see door notes that run the other way, like from the local Coke distributor claiming the fountains that are now locked in a closed property..

    ted

    23 Dec 09 at 1:57 pm

  3. Ted,
    If you liked arcades, this would have been your kind of store. They pretty much put whatever had come out into the game consoles for people to try.

    I used to call on that store with my sales route. GameCrazy as a chain has been struggling for the last couple of years. It was not unusual for them to pull out of entire markets with very little notice. This was their last location in South Carolina..and they gave them less than 24 hours notice they were closing.

    I went there for a store visit in early December and they were in the process of shipping all of the product out of the store to other locations.

    Jason

    27 Dec 09 at 8:33 am

  4. Jason
    What type of inventory were you selling to Game Crazy? Do you know how many stores they had in the franchise?

    Terry

    27 Dec 09 at 8:56 am

  5. Game Crazy is a chain run by Hollywood Video and even sold their used DVDs in the store. What initially made this store unique was it sold games for the older systems most chains long ago stopped selling. Once they cleared all of those out it lost the thing that set it apart. At least to me.

    Thomas

    27 Dec 09 at 11:24 pm

  6. @Terry - I did audits on their inventory and marketing and made sure they were in-stock on the products my company puts out.

    I would estimate at this time they still have about 600 stores, this location was always in the middle of the pack when it came to their volume/sales rankings.

    This location was the 4th largest store (in terms of square footage) in the chain, as most of them were located within the Hollywood Video locations. Many of their locations (now closed) in Columbia were either too small or didn't do the game business to support this type of store.

    Jason

    29 Dec 09 at 8:12 am

  7. Looks like GameStop is opening up in this spot now.

    Thomas

    25 Sep 10 at 6:48 pm

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