Indie chain Grainger Games has expanded its presence in the North East by opening the first of four new stores.
The indie opened the doors to its new branch in Thornaby, North Yorkshire on Friday March 20th. Three additional branches will be opened over the next two months across the North East.
The retailer’s managing director Stephen Bowyer said: “This year we have identified four new premises and continued with our expansion plans. March and April will see new stores opening in Thornaby, Byker, Billingham and Darlington.”
One of the most rapidly expanding indies in the UK, Grainger Games has come a long way since starting as a single market stall. Within the first eight years of business, the company opened nine stores, as well as a head office and distribution centre.
Grainger Games continued to open new stores, with more than five outlets introduced during 2008, as the retailer developed a strong presence in the North East.
“Because of our self sufficiency, we are able to move quickly when potential new premises are identified,” said Bowyer.
“Once a location has been found and the legal process has been completed, we can stock and open a new store in a week.
“We are now a major employer in the North East, and have built up a strong brand following. We hope to continue with the planned growth, expanding into new areas in the near future.”