Online indie ShopTo named the best Independent Retailer at this year’s MCV Industry Excellence Awards following a very busy 12 months for the firm.
The company launched an iPhone app – which has now been downloaded over 70,000 times – as well as a five-minute warehouse dispatch system. It also launched a news website and is now advertising on TV.
ShopTo has a strong hardcore gamer following.
Igore Cipolletta – CEO
James Rowson – Purchasing Director
This rental giant has had a tough time in the US following its bankruptcy last year.
The UK arm was unaffected, but the entire business was bought in April by US satellite giant Dish Network. In the buying team, Megan Bennett has departed, with two new buyers stepping in – Paul Ranyard and Steve Savage.
Number of UK stores: 591
Address: Blockbuster Entertainment Ltd,
Middlesex, UB10 8AQ
01895 258 866
James Morton – Head of Product
Paul Ranyard – Product Manager
Steve Savage – Assistant Product Manager
US big box retailer Best Buy opened its first stores in the UK last year.
However, the firm’s European strategy is under review after posting an overall loss of £62m. Its home theatre and entertainment division is headed up by Rob Wilkins.
Number of UK Stores: 10
Best Buy UK,
1 Portal Way,
London, W3 6RS
0333 777 7777
Rob Wilkins – Head of Home Theatre and Entertainment
James Cooke – Category Lead, Entertainment
Carrie-Ann Burgess – Buyer, Games
Simon Farrow – Assistant Buyer, Games (Accessories)
And the rest…
Alongside the major High Street retailers there’s a selection of bespoke online stores, specialist chains and other stores including:
Amazon.co.uk boasts a huge range of video games and even launched a pre-owned mail order service last year. It picked up the 2011 MCV Award for General Retailer.
0208 636 9200
The multiple MCV Award winner offers a competitive gaming product range including merchandise, figures and more.
This chain of electrical retail outlets continues to stock a moderate selection of games. The business is currently up for sale.
Toys 'R' Us
This well-known toy retailer stocks a range of games, and its games buying team is still headed up by Steve Pearson.
As a specialist online gaming retailer, www.gameseek.co.uk boasts over 10 years of experience and more than 250,000 products.
08712 882 472
Department specialist John Lewis stocks a range of home products including video games.
020 7828 1000
Online entertainment retailer Bee.com opened its first store in the Manchester Arndale Centre last weekend. It hopes to have 50 open by the end of next year.