— Correction: An earlier version of this story noted the High Street Gamestation store was earmarked for closure. A later full list of store closures shows only the Valentine Retail Park will be shut. The article has been edited to reflect this.
The Lincoln GAME store in Valentine Retail Park off Tritton Road has been closed, as owners The Game Group went into administration.
Those wishing to visit the Valentine Retail Park store on Monday were greeted by a message urging them to visit the chain’s other Lincoln stores — the GAME branch in Cornhill and the Gamestation on the High Street.
Some 277 of the group’s 609 stores will be shut, including the Gamestation in Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard, and 2,104 store employees will be made redundant this week.
At the end of last week, Game said it was heading into administration.
In a statement, the group said on Monday: “The board would like to thank the teams of Game and Gamestation colleagues around the world for their exemplary dedication, passion and professionalism.”
Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed that the joint administrators are liaising with a number of parties who have expressed an interest in purchasing part or all of the business and assets of the group.
Mike Jervis, joint administrator and partner at PwC said: “Our priority is to continue trading the business as normal while we continue to pursue a sale.
“The recent job losses are regrettable but will place the company in a stronger position while we explore opportunities to conclude a sale.”
The remaining 333 stores employing 2,814 people will stay open as normal while the administrators continue their efforts to find a purchaser for the business.