New game store and café opens its doors
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A SECOND-HAND gaming and DVD retailer – complete with its own café – says it will offer ‘something different’ after opening in Weston-super-Mare.
Cex held its official opening at its High Street store on Saturday, having opened its doors to the public last Tuesday.
The shop may be familiar to many having had a branch in Bristol for several years, but Josh Fischer, the company’s marketing and creative manager, said its new Weston store had been something of a leap of faith.
He said: “We have had plans to move into Weston for a long time but it was just a case of finding the right building. We have never done anything with a café before, but when we got the building we came up and saw what potential you had on the first floor for something great.
“I know you’ve got Costa next door but it’s not going to be a fight between them and us; in the past, we’ve suggested people go and get a coffee or something while we look at their phone – now they can just come upstairs.”
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With Dismaland having brought an estimated £20million of trade to the town during August and September, area manager Chris Allcock said it was a ‘perfect time’ for stores to be moving into the area.
He said: “It’s great to see Weston having a resurgence. We want to be a part of that and when the college expands that will only help our demographic.
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“With everything that has gone on it’s been the perfect time really.”
Despite a reduction in the number of gaming stores in recent years in Weston, Mr Allcock said Cex would offer something different.
He said: “Our level of customer service from other retailers is very relaxed, there’s nothing corporate about it.
“We get people from all walks of life working here, and we give fair prices across the board. We look at prices every day.
“If you find a better price elsewhere, we say we will beat it and we do. We offer something slightly different with the café, and that’s great too.”