Jobs lost as Game closes

The Game Shop in the Promenades Shopping centre in Bridlington as closed its doors.'Game Shop

The Game Shop in the Promenades Shopping centre in Bridlington as closed its doors.'Game Shop

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Bridlington’s Game shop in the Promenades shut abruptly on Tuesday with the loss of five jobs.

Posters in the window explained that the store was closed, with the closest Game outlet now in Scarborough.

The Game Group, which owns the Bridlington retailer as well as 609 others, went into administration on Monday, making it the biggest insolvency on Britain’s streets since Woolworths collapsed in 2008.

PwC has been appointed as administrator, and is hoping that the business can still be sold as a going concern. However, it is not expected that any sale would see the re-opening of the shops that have already closed.

The Bridlington store was one of 277 to shut, and the five local employees are amongst 2,104 being made redundant nationally.

The remaining 333 stores – including Game Scarborough – will remain open, but their future is uncertain.

PwC says that it is working closely with the affected employees, making sure that they receive the support they need to assist with claims for redundancy or other compensatory payments.

Mike Jervis, joint administrator and partner at PwC said: “The recent job losses are regrettable but will place the company in a stronger position while we explore opportunities to conclude a sale. My team and I will be doing all we can to help the affected employees at this difficult time.”

Meanwhile in Bridlington the shutters were down on the store as the employees cleared up inside.

Game has fallen victim to the increasing customer preference for shopping online or buying digital downloads instead of physical products.