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#1 Posted by CharleyTony (924 posts) -

The other day I was hunting down games around town and I went to a mall where I rarely go. I saw something that my brain could not comprehend. 
 
2 GameStops in the same (closed) shopping mall ! Sure the mall was big but this is kinda crazy right ? 
 
Any other people saw the same thing where they live ?
#2 Posted by CrazedMaverick (215 posts) -

The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street.

#3 Posted by Tearhead (2215 posts) -

Yeah, I've seen this in multiple malls.

#4 Posted by rjayb89 (7729 posts) -

Yup, I have 2 GameStops in the same mall in my hometown.  Sometimes one has lower prices than the other, it's pretty weird.

#5 Posted by Kindrik (71 posts) -

GameStop wants to become the Starbucks of video games.

#6 Posted by RE_Player1 (7526 posts) -

Yup I got that at a mall near me, it's so fucking stupid. 

#7 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

Yup. Until recently, at the Serramonte Mall in Daly City, as well as the Sun Valley Mall in Pleasant Hill, there were two Gamestops within the same mall. Serramonte lost one of its stores, while I'm not sure if the Sun Valley location still has both stores there. It was always jarring to go there, but that's what happens when the competition buys out its competitors. 
 
Not to mention that outside of the mall, within literally a one mile radius, another two Gamestops can be found. So four Gamestops within walking distance of each other. Jeez.

#8 Posted by Masonvd (162 posts) -

Not a local mall but when I was in Edmonton last month there was a mall with two literally 2 mins walk away from each other. One didn't have stock on a game and sent me to the other >.>

#9 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

Not really. But, everywhere there's a Wal-Mart, there's a Gamestop.

#10 Posted by Animasta (14728 posts) -
@ch13696 said:
" Not really. But, everywhere there's a Wal-Mart, there's a Gamestop. "
not always, but about 75% of the time.
#11 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Our mall used to have three.  Now only 2.

#12 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -
@Kindrik said:
" GameStop wants to become the Starbucks of video games. "
This was my thought... Glad I haven't seen it where I live yet.
#13 Posted by Blair (2531 posts) -
@Tearhead said:
" Yeah, I've seen this in multiple malls. "
#14 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

Not in one mall, but I have three within a three mile radius. Granted they used to be called, Babbage's, EB Games and Gamestop, but whatever.

#15 Posted by ch3burashka (5259 posts) -

For small-store, large-chain brands (Starbucks, Gamestop, etc) it's worth having two shops in the same store for the real estate. Besides, the added bonus of displaying your brand to twice-ish the number of people in a mall is probably worth it as well.

#16 Posted by JJWeatherman (14571 posts) -

If I'm not mistaken, the biggest mall near my house also has 2 Gamestops. Crazy.

#17 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -
@Diamond said:
" Our mall used to have three.  Now only 2. "
Yeah that third one must have been a little excessive.
 
I'm amazed that there are even two in a single mall. That alone is pretty fucked up. I mean do they sell different shit, kinda like a Macy's mens or women's, or are they just straight up Gamestops?
#18 Posted by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

It should not happen because malls are supposed to have non competes meaning multiples of the same store should not exist in the mall. But lately malls have stopped with this logic. Even though strip malls nearly everywhere still have it. I doubt youll see any strip malls with 2 gamestops in them.

#19 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -
@wolf_blitzer85 said:
" @Diamond said:
" Our mall used to have three.  Now only 2. "
Yeah that third one must have been a little excessive.  I'm amazed that there are even two in a single mall. That alone is pretty fucked up. I mean do they sell different shit, kinda like a Macy's mens or women's, or are they just straight up Gamestops? "
It's normally just straight up Gamestop. It'd be arranged differently, of course (instead of a 360 demo station, there might be a Wii demo station, or whatever), but honestly the same thing. Sometimes (and only sometimes) you might find differing prices at the two different stores (mostly for used games) but most of the time, it's literally the same thing. It's not like you're getting a Gamestop: PC & Wii Only store or anything.
#20 Posted by m1k3 (1338 posts) -
@CrazedMaverick said:
" The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street. "
same here. also have another one a few miles from those 2.
#21 Edited by Diamond (8634 posts) -
@wolf_blitzer85 said:

@Diamond said:

" Our mall used to have three.  Now only 2. "
Yeah that third one must have been a little excessive.  I'm amazed that there are even two in a single mall. That alone is pretty fucked up. I mean do they sell different shit, kinda like a Macy's mens or women's, or are they just straight up Gamestops?
Same stores, same goods.  And get this, the two that are still around are just a few hundred feet from one another.  There are 6-7 stores between them.
 
But in their defense, one was an EB Games years ago.
#22 Posted by LiquidPrince (16181 posts) -
@CrazedMaverick said:
" The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street. "
I've seen this, but not two in the same mall.
#23 Posted by TurboMan (7735 posts) -

I visited the mall of America once and I think I remembered counting two or three in there.

#24 Posted by Teaspoon83 (629 posts) -

Living in the Twin Cities, I have the Mall of America. Double everything in there. It has been a while since I was there and the 4th floor wasn't being used much. Wonder if I would see another one in there...

#25 Edited by TNK1 (82 posts) -
@CrazedMaverick said:

" The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street. "

That's exactly how minds is! Lmao
#26 Posted by SpudBug (633 posts) -

In greenfield, WI near where I live there are two inside the southridge mall, and another two across the street from each other less than a mile away. 
 
Back when you could make big credit flipping games between them and gamestop it was real nice to be able to trade in 8 copies of something in one quick trip. I dunno how all 4 of them stay open. 3 of them are pretty awful, one is nice to go to. The employees are super-jerks at the others.

#27 Posted by shorap (48 posts) -
@m1k3 said:
" @CrazedMaverick said:
" The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street. "
same here. also have another one a few miles from those 2. "

I used to live in a town that also had that set up.  One in the mall, one at the end of the mall's parking lot outside, and a third across town.
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#28 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -
@Diamond: That's insane. I would hope it's just corporate HQ losing track of where they are throwing these things around.
 
Also, I'm amazed that the mall management would be cool with something like that. Working in a mall setting myself, I find that usually those people are anal as shit when it comes to store layout.
#29 Posted by chronicsmoke (999 posts) -

yeah the metro mall here in phoenix has 2

#30 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6403 posts) -
@CrazedMaverick said:
" The mall by my place has one inside and one right across the street. "
Dude same here! Where are you at?
#31 Posted by W0lfbl1tzers (1789 posts) -

There are three within less than a quarter mile radius. 

#32 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

In Greeley we used to have a Gamestop across the street from a mall that had a Gamestop, and then ANOTHER Gamestop cat-eye corner across the street from that one. 
 
Needless to say, they ended up closing one.

#33 Posted by Deathpooky (1444 posts) -

Most of them used to be other game stores, but they were all eaten by Gamestop eventually.  The Babbages I used to work at had that happen I believe.  And given that Gamestop makes money off of used games primarily, it's probably cost effective to have two stores worth of used games available to potential buyers coming to the mall.

#34 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1247 posts) -

Jesus, that's a lot of people pushing pre-orders in a surrounding area. I think my head would cave in if I saw that many in a mall and the general area around it.

#35 Posted by Enigma777 (6059 posts) -

Yea, there's two at my local mall as well. I think one was an EB Games before Gamestop bought them...

#36 Posted by EVHKwick (452 posts) -

There are six within fifteen miles of my apartment.

#37 Posted by Gamer_152 (14113 posts) -

I used to live near a shopping centre that had two GAMEs, one almost right upstairs from the other.

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#38 Posted by kratier (223 posts) -

there are like 7 in a 9 mile radius of my house
 
not a big surprise, 
i just posted a thread recently with a link to a funny thing about their employees

#39 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@Tearhead said:
" Yeah, I've seen this in multiple malls. "
#40 Posted by pakx (922 posts) -
@CrazedMaverick: the Gamestop i work at is this way too. there's an EB Games outside, they average a pretty decent flash, and my store is inside across the street from the EB, we're vastly smaller and our daily flash profits are miniscule in comparison. 
 
it's an odd setup, but oh well, they pay me and i do my job.
#41 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

They want to hold a monopoly over the mall to prevent any other competitions from rising up. Its the same scenario as when I saw two Starbucks on the opposite corners of the same street at the intersection, or how there's BestBuy and Futureshop at the same mall (Futureshop is owned by BestBuy).

#42 Posted by V (328 posts) -

At the mall near my old house, there used to be a babbages and an ebx, but then gamestop bought out both of them, so there are now two gamestops in the same mall, and they are about a 5 minutes walk away from each other too...

#43 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1173 posts) -

Mine has two Gamestops but to be fair one of them was a local video game store that got bought out by Gamestop.

#44 Posted by memo (421 posts) -

The mall by my house has two Gamestops as well.  One used to be a Electronics Extra then became a EB Games, then a Gamestop opened and Gamestop bought of EB Games and thats how two Gamestop ended at the mall .

#45 Posted by Jeffmoocow (126 posts) -

Mine has 3, and there is also another GameStop just a little down the road from that mall. 
 
Crazy.

#46 Posted by Stealthmaster86 (682 posts) -

The Opry Mills Mall is like that, but one of them kept there EBGames logo. I don't know if it's like that now because of the flood.

#47 Posted by Fallen189 (5052 posts) -

In the shopping complex near my place in Manchester, there's 2 GAME's, 1 Gamestation, 2 HMVS and CEX. It's insane.

#48 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1642 posts) -

My closest mall has a EB games and a Gamestop.

#49 Posted by smudo (150 posts) -

There are two Gamestops in our local mall and a third right across the street. 
To be fair, one used to be an Software Etc and one was a FuncoLand.

#50 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

If they can't be anymore greedy.