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Geek Retreat To Create 600 New Retail Jobs In The UK

22 Oct 2020

Geek Retreat To Create 600 New Retail Jobs In The UK

High street gaming specialist Geek Retreat has announced plans to create 600 new retail jobs in the UK.

The company, which sells board games, toys and comics, says it will open 100 new stores before the end of 2022 and will create an average of 6 vacancies with each new branch.

The announcement represents a huge expansion plan and recruitment drive since Geek Retreat, founded seven years ago, only trades from 14 stores and employs only just over 100 staff at the moment.

The company’s current stores are in London, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bradford, Chelmsford, Glasgow, Holloway, Leeds, Llandudno, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Newcastle, Northwich, Northampton, Nottingham and Wirral.

The next cities earmarked to open branches of Geek Retreat are Bournemouth and Liverpool.

In addition to retail space, Geek Retreat stores also feature cafes and areas where customers can play games and take part in events such as tournaments and quizzes.

The success of Marvel films and TV series such as Stranger Things has led to an increase in demand for Geek Retreat products from the likes of Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer.

Announcing the expansion plans, the chief executive of Geek Retreat, Peter Dobson, said: “The UK's gaming and hobby sector is a real success story and Geek Retreat is a home for the communities who are at the heart of this phenomenon.”

“The wellbeing of our customers and staff has always been incredibly important to us, now more than ever everyone should expect a friendly, safe and clean environment to meet and play.”

“We have made sure all of our stores are welcoming and accessible to gamers whatever their interests, providing a place for our loyal customers to get out of the house and play safely post-lockdown.”

“This is particularly important for our more vulnerable customers, like those on the autistic spectrum, or with mental health issues where being in an inclusive, welcoming, and social environment is very important. It is the strength of the relationships which our stores build with local communities that is a key driver of growth,” added Mr Dobson.

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