Game on: Xpress chain buyer gains trump card
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