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Gameworks at Easton Has Closed

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Would have used “Game Over” but Columbus Business First already used that one:

Game over for GameWorks at Easton“.

Appears they closed for good last night.

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  • Anne

    well, there’s a card with money on it I can just throw away.

  • Jillians, Buckeye Hall of Fame, Gameworks

    Congratulations to Dave and Buster’s on becoming champions of the over-sized, novelty, non-gambling, entertainment machine market in Columbus.

  • Wow, really?

  • The only one of that ilk that i miss is Malibu.

  • Never been to D&B, or any of the others.

    Part of me wishes there’d be a resurgence in seedy arcades in this country. I spent a lot of my late teens and early twenties hop-scotching arcades of dubious repute around central FL late at night.

  • Wow. Walked past it on Friday. It seemed pretty busy as always.

  • From what I hear this was a move made purely by SEGA. There was supposed to be a meet and great for the Clippers there next week. I should probably call about that and see what’s happening.

  • This is really a surprise. Especially because last week i started seeing commercials for them on tv (fox 28 mostly) for the first time i can remember. Also because whenever I am at the mall it is pretty busy. Here’s the link to the business first article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/03/29/daily7.html?ed=2010-03-29&ana=e_du_pub which says that the Columbus location was one of the best performing in the chain, looks like things aren’t going to well for sega these days…

  • Huge, vacant space to fill. What could they put in there?

  • I never went to the Jillians in Columbus, but the one in Boston was the shit in the late 90s, I loved that place.

  • The Clippers are currently working on an alternative—they just found out about the closing this morning.

    Apparently it was a lease-issue. As another poster alluded to above, it was actually one of the most profitable of all of the Gameworks franchises.

  • Anne wrote >>
    well, there’s a card with money on it I can just throw away.

    I’m glad I didn’t buy one! I was a little irritated that Vic’s left their gift certificates available for purchase, knowing they weren’t going to be honoring them after the end of the month. Anybody want one? I can’t possibly use all 4 in the next 2 days.

  • lifeontwowheels wrote >>
    Huge, vacant space to fill. What could they put in there?

    hot topic megastore?

    kidding…

  • DonnaTate wrote >>

    Anne wrote >>
    well, there’s a card with money on it I can just throw away.

    I’m glad I didn’t buy one! I was a little irritated that Vic’s left their gift certificates available for purchase, knowing they weren’t going to be honoring them after the end of the month. Anybody want one? I can’t possibly use all 4 in the next 2 days.

    I thought they backed off that? Looking back in that thread it seems they are pretty much honoring them, as of now.

    Rus,

    Just what we need…

    But yeah, what could the property managers do with that space? Banquets and meetings come to mind but you already have competition with the Hilton, Shriners and whatever else is up that way.

    Superhuge nightclub?

    The only access to their basement space is through the main Gameworks entrance. You could subdivide the space out but who would take it?

  • lifeontwowheels wrote >>

    Superhuge nightclub?

    Not a bad idea, really.

  • Weren’t some people on here looking at the potential w/ Club Ice?

  • Rick Carraway

    Huge opportunity for Easton here…

  • cc

    “Easton feels fortunate we have a waiting list of tenants,” Duffey said.

  • jpizzow

    Indoor roller coaster.

  • alove

    What a shame. I wonder what they could do with that space…

  • anillo

    +1 for the indoor roller coaster

  • exemployee

    So many employees lost their jobs today without notice. Gameworks fell victim to high rent; I dont care what Easton says it will be hard to fill that huge spot that GameWorks had.

  • Is Gameworks owned by SEGA nowadays? When it opened I remember it was part of Dreamworks (the movie studio). I read an interview with Spielberg where he said “video games are the future of entertainment and blahblahblah.”

  • Well, Spielberg was right about that… but the gaming explosion is happening on home consoles, social networks and mobile devices… not in arcades.

  • jeffisbiking

    Any word on what they will do with the arcade machines left behind? If they have some kind of auction, I’d love to put in a bid on the Street Fighter IV machine.

  • Buckeyepoet

    Don’t throw out your giftcards or playcards to Gameworks.  According to their website, you can email them at [email protected] to try and get a refund on the balance of any giftcards, but as for the playcards, they just say to visit one of their other locations to redeem.  The Columbus Gameworks is one of seven that Sega has closed during restructuring, with the hopes that some of the locations may reopen in the future, according to the press release I read.

  • Not surprising, really.  It’s sad to hear they closed one of their best performing stores, but as Walker said – folks play video games on their own consoles, computers, or devices these days — it’s been a long time since the best games first came out in arcades, and you had to wait for the home version.

    Games like DDR and all the ticket/prize-type stuff may have prolonged the inevitable, but for as much as I lived in them as a teen, arcades are fairly irrelevant these days.

    As for the space, well it seems an oddly shaped space – with the basement and all.  I don’t think it’ll be *easy* for them to fill, but a mid-range clothing store might work.  Like H&M for example, might have been a good fit, if they weren’t already moving into the smaller space by Shadowbox.

  • jeffisbiking
  • dru

    This space won’t need to be filled by just one tenant or one/multiple tenant(s) who must accept the current configuration.  Easton management has shown little hesitation in completely revamping space to accommodate new tenants.  They razed significant portions of Virgin to make room for C&B and completely replaced the old Discovery Store on the back quad for new retail.  I think they’ve learned some lessons about remaining static from older malls, and will make significant infrastructure moves to keep their product viable. 

    @LBOWACC – that seems to be the standard lifespan of a Jillian’s.  Open up, be all the rage for a year, lead the parent company towards massive expansion, fall out of favor as the in-place, become unsustainable because they’re too large.  The Columbus one was in the property that now contains Brothers and Gaswerks in the Arena District.  The company filed Chapter 11 back in 2004-ish, some of the locations were sold to Dave & Busters, while a few including Boston became independently owned and operated. 

  • George Mattei

    LBOWACC:

    The Columbus Jillians was not half as good as the one in Boston.  The Boston one was Awesome!  Used to go in the early to mid90’s myself.  The one in Columbus was quite inferior.

  • dru Says: This space won’t need to be filled by just one tenant or one/multiple tenant(s) who must accept the current configuration.  Easton management has shown little hesitation in completely revamping space to accommodate new tenants.

    +1

    I doubt it will sit empty for long either. Management at Easton is very smart in their reconfigurations, and I can see this quickly flipping into something else within a year.

  • DonnaTate

    My apologies – I didn’t see the update where they left the end date for the gc’s at vics more open.

  • Dave & Busters…..ok, bad idea….

    Easton is losing one of their charter members; but it’s not like City Center, if one charter store leaves, then the rest go belly-up; Easton is 20 times stronger than City Center ever was

    RIP- Gameworks @ Easton (1999-2010)

    What could go in Gameworks’ place- ideas?

  • You already have the restaurant space built and largely separated.

    It’s that basement portion which will pose a challenge. I don’t doubt something will take over, it just seems the space is a bit more work than the free standing structures Easton changed or razed to suit new tenants.

    ETA

    Bowling Alley?

  • There used to be a bowling alley at Easton. I think it was where the Ruehl stuff went in if I remember correctly.

  • Halonwolf

    Gameworks Easton Closed!
    How many more things can Les Wexner ruin before people will stop shopping at his areas. A management (Easton Management) friend of mine said that the new lease agreement was asking for 25% of sales as rent. So by being greedy, we loose a great saturday night evening of fun. You know what is really funny, if something closes at Easton it seems to get relocated to Polaris…Perhaps we will see a Gameworks Polaris opening in the future……I sure hope so!

  • I doubt Wexner himself has anything to do with the day-to-day lease management at Easton.

    The closing of Gameworks came from their parent company and affected multiple locations.

    Polaris already has a Dave & Busters. I doubt opening a Gameworks there makes any sense at all.

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