With nearly 680 locations in the United States, retailer Game Crazy will be closing 200 locations by the end of October. Game Crazy is considered one of the more convenient chains for some, as being attached to Hollywood Video provides consumers with a much larger video game rental selection.
A list of the affected locations is currently being worked. For now, you may want to stop by your local Game Crazy to see if yours will still exist in the near future. But for most, the loss of stores for this small video game retailer will leave a resounding silence.
An official statement, given to Joystiq, from Game Crazy in regards to the closing of almost a third of its stores: “Movie Gallery, Inc. is currently operating in an unprecedented consumer/retail environment. In order for us to continue to best serve our millions of customers across North America we’re addressing underperforming stores and ensuring that there is sufficient [return on investment] associated with each of these stores going forward. The vast majority of our stores will be unaffected by these efforts.”
I can honestly say I am saddened by this news. Being walking distance from a Game Crazy has been a huge convenience for myself. In fact, I pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2 from my local Game Crazy. For now, all I can do is hope, until I set foot in my local store for the good or bad news. Best of luck to those setting out for the news as well.
Any of you going to be affected by the possible loss of a Game Crazy in your area? Back to Game Stop if it will?