Games firm going for growth

INDEPENDENT Retailer of the Year Grainger Games has chosen Watson Burton as its legal adviser as it looks to expand its brand.

INDEPENDENT Retailer of the Year Grainger Games has chosen Watson Burton as its legal adviser as it looks to expand its brand.

Grainger Games, which began as a computer games stall in Newcastle’s Grainger Market, has an ambitious expansion plan to rollout a series of stores across the north of England this year.

The Newcastle-based computer games company fought off fierce national competition to win this year’s MCV Industry Excellence award as Independent Retailer of the Year.

In 11 years the company has grown to become the UK’s largest independent computer games retailer with 18 stores across the North East and Scotland. The next phase of growth prompted director Scott Sibley to retain Watson Burton as the company’s first full-service legal adviser. The law firm is now providing property advice about each of the new stores, beginning with Berwick and Stockton, and moving on to Redcar, Bishop Auckland and Thornaby. Middleton Grange, Hartlepool, opened in May, and Darlington and Washington will open in September.

David Bowden, property partner, and Lester Wilson, corporate finance partner, led the Watson Burton team for Grainger Games. Mr Bowden said: “Grainger Games has grown quickly because it has such a well-thought out, effective business model. The pace is fast, and we have a series of tight timescales to work to for each of the stores.

“The leases are detailed, complex documents. Each requires our focused attention to ensure the best possible results for Grainger Games within a demanding timeframe.”

Mr Sibley believes that this is an important year for Grainger Games. He said: “The rollout of new stores is in line with our plan to expand in a controlled manner across the entire north of England. It will bring new jobs to the region and new opportunities to us.”

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