Stafford shops closing - Turning into a ghost town?

littleme

250,000th poster!
Saw them removing the sign the other day, so maybe they have a new home for it?
Web site says this...

Screenshot_20230608_221212_Opera.jpg



It does say 'temporarily' closed, so maybe they will go back to the market stall in the guildhall. It always smelled delicious, although was a little too expensive fur us to try.
 

proactive

Enjoying a drop of red.
Crystalline Cities is shut, had been for months, with a sign in the window stating it's temporarily closed for maintenance. Presumably it's gone out of business?
 

c0tt0nt0p

Well-Known Forumite
According to Facebook, Geek Retreat has closed permanently, which is a real shame. Daughter and I loved our visits there.
 

Attachments

  • Screenshot_2023-06-13-22-05-47-74_a23b203fd3aafc6dcb84e438dda678b6.jpg
    Screenshot_2023-06-13-22-05-47-74_a23b203fd3aafc6dcb84e438dda678b6.jpg
    241.1 KB · Views: 79

Wormella

Well-Known Forumite
Always seemed quite busy , but I think there may have been issues with the building. Didn't it flood not long ago ?
It did flood, but reopened - my guess would be the business model (I've seen the same thing happen with a lot of boardgame cafes) - loss of people spend a lot of time there, but not really paying thier way. If you sit there for hours playing D&D and you nurse a can of coke then it makes it hard to make a profit from people. If your audience is typically skewed younger, with less disposable income then you have that problem exhasperated.

I hope it's not true, and that they'll find a way to stay open. It's a really asset for the town.
 

Mudgie

Well-Known Forumite
people spend a lot of time there, but not really paying thier way. If you sit there for hours playing D&D and you nurse a can of coke then it makes it hard to make a profit from people.
It's the same as pub customers that make a pint last over an hour, and without the justification of being the driver.
 

EasMid

Well-Known Forumite
Yes unfortunately they closed on Monday. A bit of a shock really as they were advertising on Facebook for staff the previous week. It’s a shame really as it’s the only place like It for miles around. Family member has been a regular at their evening events since it opened but as others have said, paying a fiver for 4+ hours evening event & then getting prizes in the competitions won’t make them a lot of money.
Such a shame.
 
Top