Games Exchange coming to Colwyn Bay


Mike Williams

A NORTH Wales computer game retailer is coming to Colwyn Bay.

The Games Exchange is to open a new store on Station Road, in the former British Red Cross unit within the next couple of weeks.

Company Director Jason Hart, who revealed plans for The Games Exchange's first store in more than ten years, said: “You could say it’s madness, but we are a small company, and Colwyn Bay is a great, manageable location for us that’s within our striking distance.

“As a company we’ve been able to adapt and survive, while other similar retailers have struggled. In a way, we’ve been able to capitalise on some of the gaps left behind by some of the bigger media chains like HMV and Blockbuster.”

The Games Exchange, formed in 1999 after Mr Hart moved from a market stall into a high street store in Flint.

A second store was opened in Rhyl in 2002, and the company has operated from two units until now.

Mr Hart added: “We’ve managed this because we’re really good at what we do.

“We’ve had to change things up, so we’re not just a games store anymore.

“The games market has changed a lot and the company has adapted, so we now trade in mobile phones, tablets, ipods and so on, and we also trade online.

“After some difficult recent times, we’ve got a bit of wind back in our sails.”
Colwyn Bay Town Centre Manager Ingrid Lewis welcomed the news.

She said: “What’s exciting is that stores in Colwyn Bay are being replaced almost as quickly as they are closing down now.

“It improves the image of the town, and The Games Exchange will provide more choice for people of different generations.

“It’s another great reason to go shopping in Colwyn Bay.”

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