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GameStop Closes in Downtown Evanston

The GameStop store at 920 Church St. shut its doors for good on Sunday, March 17.

The GameStop store in downtown Evanston closed its doors for good on Sunday, March 17, according to Jackie Smith, public relations coordinator for GameStop.

Part of the nation's largest videogame retail chain, GameStop Evanston sold games for PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles as well as home computers at its 920 Church St. location.

Smith said the closing was part of a company-wide restructuring.

"It’s part of our plan to close about 250 retail locations this year," Smith said. "At the same time we’re going to be opening between 60 and 70 locations this year."

The closest GameStop store is located in the Gateway Center at 1751 W Howard St. in Chicago. Customers who shopped at the Evanston location are being directed to that store instead, according to Smith. 

"If they’ve got any pre-orders that they’ve placed, that store would be their go-to location to pick up the product that they had ordered and placed on reserve," she said.

Smith said she did not believe GameStop was planning to open any new stores in Evanston in the near future.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include information from a GameStop spokesperson.

 

ron vargo March 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
No big loss. Gamestop has the worst customer service and trade-in prices of any retailer. All their profit is made off the backs of kids getting next to nothing for their games and then pricing them 5 times higher than what they give their loyal customers. Die already and make way for the next gen video game concepts.
Patricia March 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM
I agree with you Ron, their trade in policy was not fair, but as a consumer I just decided it was not a place my children and I would support. Apparently enough people shared our views or at least no longer patronized the business hence the closing of 250 retail locations. GAMESTOP GET THE MESSAGE AND CHANGE HOW YOU DO BUSINESS OR YOU'LL BE THE NEXT CIRCUIT COTY, BLOCKBUSTER, et al.
TAKH March 19, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I must disagree with Ron and Patricia on the service at the Evanston location, I don't know about any others. Though the service was sometimes slow, the guys running the shop were always friendly and helpful to me. The slowness never seemed to be a result of the guys not doing their job, but a result of the complicated checking out/trading in process that they had to work with. Video games are expensive when new b/c it takes a lot of man hours and computing power to design and create them. The one part I did/do think they could do better is giving a bit more in trade in value. The used games we have bought were usually around $25 but I think we got like $5 when we traded in. Seems to me the customer should get a little more of that $25, especially since they are not getting it cash but in credit toward another purchase.
Jen March 19, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I wouldn't doubt their "restructuring" has to do with preparing for the new game systems on the horizon, which rumor has it may not support any used games. Things are moving to a digital, one-owner format. Used games may very well be a thing of the past, which is too bad for businesses like GameStop and for consumers who don't want to pay full price for a game they only play once.
Susan Frischer March 19, 2013 at 03:59 PM
We at Market Fresh Books (down the block) are sad to see any retailers leave the community as that weakens the destination shopping appeal of the area. Best of luck to the chain and we will refer customers to the Howard street location when appropriate.
Donald Hilbring March 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM
You're a douche.
Donald Hilbring March 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM
You're a douche.
Donald Hilbring March 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM
I think she is making a huge mistake. That Game Stop was great. The people who worked there were real nice and patient with their customers. Who would want to go all the way to Howard when we have a good one here. And what Ron Vargo and Patricia are saying is nothing but bullshit to me. Their just a bunch of haters.
Patricia March 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I too hate to see a business that deals with and treats its customers fairly. I did not and do not fe that was an important policy for GameStop. I did not say the poor guys who worked their implemented these pixies as these policies were passed onto to them from the corporate office. Regardless I maintain that the trade in policies weren't fair and that they need to change their policies and/or business plan.
Patricia March 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I too hate to see a business that deals with and treats its customers fairly go out of business. It doesn't only effect that business but also the employee and the community in a myriad of ways. But dealing fairly economically with its customers did not appear to be an important policy for GameStop, hence the closure and its restructuring. Yes they maybe gearing up for the new digital age of to be more competitive with Game Fly. Never in my posts did not say the poor guys who worked their implemented policies as these policies were passed onto to them from the corporate office. Regardless I maintain that the trade in policies weren't fair and that they need to change their policies and/or business plan.
lucas March 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM
You can shop elsewhere
Kurt Bruggeman April 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Here is a tip for all of you! Shop at GameStop then trade in at half-price books where you get up to 3 quarters of you money back. I would highly suggest doing this! I for one do it!

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