Game on: Xpress chain buyer gains trump card

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Three pop­u­lar gam­ing shops in Kent have been sold.

Xpress Games in Ash­ford, Can­ter­bury and Dover, have all been snapped up from owner Chris Muck­ell.

All of the shops spe­cialise in com­puter games, board games, trad­ing cards and hobby games, and reg­u­larly host com­pe­ti­tion nights and other events.

The Ash­ford shop, in Chapel Mews in the town cen­tre, will now be called The Con­sult­ing Gamer.

Mr Muck­ell sold the busi­nesses via prop­erty bro­kers Hil­ton Smythe. All three sold for the ask­ing price within a year of be­ing put on the mar­ket.

Mr Muck­ell said he wasn’t sur­prised the shops at­tracted a lot of Ash­ford’s at­ten­tion from buy­ers, as their loyal cus­tomer base en­sured year on year sales growth fig­ures since they launched in 2005.

Hil­ton Smythe group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gareth Smythe said: “Shops like Xpress Games are are a sound in­vest­ment be­cause they are aimed at loyal fans and col­lec­tors.

“With their on­line pres­ence and games nights, the three shops have lots of growth po­ten­tial. The high street is con­stantly chang­ing, but these out­lets stand out as hav­ing some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and eye catch­ing.”

For­mer owner Chris Muck­ell has handed over the shops to three hus­band and wife teams.

He said: “The shops are quirky and a well-loved part of the high streets.”

The Ash­ford shop has been re­named as The Con­sult­ing Gamer, and hosted its first pub­lic event last month.

Xpress Games shop is now The Con­sult­ing Gamer

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