Retailer Game is to close a number of its UK stores in a move that could lead to the loss of 247 jobs.
Confirming a tip we received from a retail source, the company told us it is to shut multiple Game and Gamestation outlets, plus all Game concessions in Debenhams stores. It noted that the affected locations represent “a small percentage of the UK Group”, which currently has 682 stores.
The company also said that it plans to seek employment opportunities for all 247 affected workers.
Game’s full statement follows.
“We are committed to evolving our business to make sure it operates as efficiently as possible while consistently delivering the high standards of service our customers demand.
“We regularly review our entire store portfolio, including our concessions, to maximise the opportunities to reach customers while also ensuring that the business is running as effectively as possible.
“As a result of this review process, and the tougher market conditions that we face in 2010, we have announced our intention to close 12 Game stores, 6 Gamestation stores, and all 25 of our concessions in Debenhams stores. In each location, we have detailed plans to support the customers and employees.
“The majority of the identified sites are located close to another one of our stores, and we will help each customer affected by a closure to transfer to their nearest store as well as our online offerings.
“We will provide extensive support to the teams in each store. However, with deep regret, we have had to offer redundancy to 247 employees. We will do our utmost to redeploy roles if possible, and have started consulting with all affected employees in the 43 sites.
“We are very focused on supporting our people, and thank them for their continued hard work and understanding.”