STORE bosses are defying the high street downturn to open a new store on Wearside.
Video games giant Game today opened a new branch in The Galleries in Washington, creating eight jobs.
The announcement is a welcome change for the region after the closure of household names such as Comet and Jessops and the threat to the likes of HMV and Blockbuster.
Game itself went into administration in March but was sold, along with its 333 stores, the following month.
Galleries centre manager David McNee said: “We are delighted Game is bringing a new store to The Galleries, giving our shoppers access to the latest gaming technology and titles as well as creating new job opportunities.
“Game is the latest retailer to open at the centre and follows Officer’s Club and Baguette Express just before Christmas.
“Last year saw the completion of an £8million refurbishment as the shopping centre enjoyed one of its busiest ever years and we are building upon this success.
“Our customers can look forward to more retailers opening their doors for business in the near future.”
Dave Howard, stores director for Game Retail Ltd, said: “We are so pleased to be able to bring our new store to Washington. We’re really looking forward to being a big part of the gaming community and we are ready to get our game on.”
Regional manager Mark Hanson added: “I am thrilled to have our new store in The Galleries shopping centre and show everyone what Game is all about. We’ve got some amazing deals on the biggest and best new releases and I have a great team who are eager to get out there and have fun with the gaming community in our new home.”
Shoppers who go along to today’s opening will get the chance to meet Master Chief from the Xbox Halo franchise, as well as win competition prizes and benefit from opening- day discounts. Gamers can also follow the store’s personal Twitter feed: twitter.com/@GAMEwashington for the latest news and the chance to win a console.