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Oxford St GAME could be forced to close

Legal battle over owed rent threatens UK retail chain's flagship

Game Retail could lose its flagship store after landlord Lazari GP was granted the right to eject the retailer from its Oxford Street property.

It's a desperate situation, with The Telegraph reporting that Lazari GP has a new tenant waiting to take over the building, and a court order that gives it the right to send in bailiffs to change the locks at any time.

The dispute is over 3 months advance rent, totalling 100,000, that was due before The GAME Group went into administration under PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC has refused to pay the sum, and argued that the payment deadline passed before it took over.

According to The Telegraph, PwC said it "no longer has an economic interest" in the situation, as it is "largely between OpCapita and Lazari."

GamesIndustry International has contacted Lazari GP for comment.

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College4 years ago
"3 months advance rent, totalling 100,000!?"

Do they really need a store in that location at that expense?!
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 4 years ago
Personally, I think that the GAME on Oxford Street is in a pretty poor location. Their flagship store needs to be larger, more inviting and viewable from a distance (which every store down that end the street is NOT).

Surely somewhere like the Westfield or the Bullring in Birmingham would be a better venue. They need space to do proper events and just make a spectacle. Make it somewhere that people would go to rather than their local store for E3 or a console release.
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Patrict has it right.

Westfield is doing crazy busy business at the moment (Stafford)
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 4 years ago
Yep for that price let the building burn I say
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