My friendly local Games Workshop has moved. Today was their opening day at their new location and I am a bit disappointed.
Granted the move to a new location did save them some rent money. Which, is a good thing.
What disappoints me is the size of the new store. It's too small.
Now, the old store was about 1500 square feet in size and supported seven gaming tables, a painting bar, and the demonstration table. It never felt crowded.
The move to a new store with a commensurate lower rent would lead to the conclusion that there would be less floor space.
That conclusion would be incorrect.
The floor space of the new store is roughly 2000-2200 square feet.
So, why does the new store feel too small you ask? Because the corporate headquarters has mandated that all stores (not Battle Bunkers) will be about 1100 square feet in size. This has cut the store down to three gaming tables, a paint bar, and the demonstration table, and about two feet between each table.
So, what do you do when you are renting a store that is twice the size mandated by the corporate HQs?
Why you build a wall in the middle of the store. I am not kidding, that is what happened.
"Buy our product and please leave.", is the message I get when I look upon a store that is forced to only use half of it's available floorspace. The Baltimore management team even stuck around to take pictures proving that the floorspace standard had been met.