4:00 p.m. September 3, 2021
A ‘well-known national retailer’ appears set to take over a prominent building in Norwich which once housed Game.
The building, in the Back of the Inns in Norwich, closed during the second lockdown and has been empty since.
However, chartered surveyor Francis Darrah confirmed he had received an offer from a “well-known national retailer”.
A deal is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
And while it’s impossible to confirm at this stage which retailer has set their sights on the property, details could become clear by the end of the month – once the lease is officially signed.
Mr Darrah said: ‘The property is offered to a well-known national retailer and this rental, along with a number of other recent rentals in central Norwich, demonstrates a steady upturn in the takeover of empty shops by retailers.
“It underscores Norwich’s strength as the region’s dominant commercial center and its appeal to national and independent occupiers.”
The building had been occupied by the video game retailer for several years and before the pandemic underwent a major overhaul.
This reduced the size of the workshop in favor of turning part of the unit into an arcade, where people could play computer games and compete in console competitions.
However, during the second coronavirus lockdown, the store was closed and the business left the site.
The national chain also recently vacated its Chantry Place shopping center unit, moving from its own space to part of House of Fraser.
And in February 2020, the retailer staged a “fake” closing of its Chantry Place store, in a bid to lower its rent – before eventually moving in with House of Fraser.
A spokesperson said at the time: “As part of our real estate strategy over the coming year, Game will review all store leases and decide if locations are a viable option in the current business climate. “