So we have been getting steady reports of some subtle shifts in the retail policy of Games Workshop stores. It looks like broadly speaking there is a new emphasis on formal retailing (selling of products), and the introduction of the hobby to new customers. This is coming at the expense of a downplaying of the hobby and secondary games side of things. Some customers report being told to curtail their hobby/painting activities in store, and others report an inability to play Specialist Games on the premises.
Finally a bit of inside baseball here, but we’ve heard that GW North America will be moving their headquarters and staff from Maryland to Memphis to consolidate with the production facilities there. The move is said to taking place in in Q1-Q2.
What are you guys seeing out there?
~Overall a fairly predictable emphasis on direct sales, and further cost-savings moves. Perhaps the hobby and Specialist Games sides of things is felt to be better served by independent retailers. Its anyone’s guess as to the HQ move’s effect on Baltimore Gamesdays moving forward however.