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Grainger Games closing a third of its shops

Email sent to staff reveals 21 closures, website already down

The situation at Grainger Games shows no signs of improving as it's revealed one in three of the chain's stores are shutting down.

Eurogamer reports that an email was issued to 21 of the retailer's 67 branches telling not to open this morning.

While our sister site has confirmed at least one redundancy, some staff are being retained to help with the process of closing each shop. They will be paid for any hours worked until Sunday, March 31st.

The affected stores include: Worksop, Northwhich, Sale, Breeston, Salford, Altrincham, Widness, Stretford, Whitley Bay, Wakefield, Castleford, Selby, Dewsbury, Hyde, Oldham, Thornaby, Huddersfield, Durham, Washington, Billingham and Chesterfield.

In the email to staff, Grainger Games attributed the closures to "the ongoing issues surrounding the business' critical financial situation."

The company is "still in discussions with potential bidders" in the hopes of finding someone to buy what remains of the business but these stores will not be part of future bids.

The e-commerce side of Grainger Games also seems to have been shut down, with the website now displaying an error code.

The closures follow last week's news that a £1.3m loss in 2017 has prompted several of Grainger's supplier credit limits to be cut.

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James Batchelor is Editor-in-Chief at GamesIndustry.biz. He is based in Essex and has been a B2B games journalist since 2006