Grainger Games

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Grainger Games
Industry Retail
Founded 1997
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Headquarters Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Number of locations
70 stores
Area served
United Kingdom
(North East England,
North West England,
Yorkshire and Humber,
East Midlands)
Key people
Stephen Bowyer (CEO), Keir Wells (Chief Operating Officer), Jonathan Fellows (Chairman)
Products New and second-hand video games, hardware and DVDs, Mobile Phones & Gadgets
Services Buy and exchange
Revenue £18m (2009)[1]

Grainger Games is an independent video game retailer chain in the United Kingdom.

The company first launched as a market stall in 1996, in the Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne.[2][3]

They operate stores in the North of England. The company planned to have 75–100 shops by 2013, of which about 40 were expected to be in Yorkshire. Stores have recently been launched in Grimsby, Hull, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Leeds, Derby, York, Sheffield and most recently inside Newcastle Fenwicks.[1][2][4] By June 2014 the company had 419 employees.[5]

Grainger Games was named Independent Retailer of the Year by MCV in 2008 & 2010.[3] The company started out by buying and selling pre owned computer and console games. Demand soon grew, and the company developed.

By 2001, the company had grown to such an extent, that it became incorporated as Grainger Games Ltd. As a result of this, a larger store was opened in Newcastle, with further stores in Whitley Bay, as well as Jarrow.

2011 Games Media Awards[edit]

On 26 October 2011, Grainger Games were the main sponsor for the Games Media Awards. However, Grainger's attendees were criticised for their behaviour during the event, which included heckling both the compere and people's acceptance speeches.

The company hired dwarves and booth models to present the awards, as well as littering the dinner tables with orange condoms.[6][7] Grainger Games published a brief apology on the news section of their website,[8] which has since been taken down.


  1. ^ a b Ginns, Bernard (28 March 2010). "Retail veteran aiming for high score with new gaming venture". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b Dring, Christopher (25 March 2008). "Indies aren't dead yet, says Grainger Games". MCV. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. ^ a b McCusker, Peter (10 Sep 2008). "Games firm going for growth". The Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  4. ^ Dring, Christopher (9 July 2009). "Grainger Games goes nationwide". MCV. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
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  6. ^ Dinsey, Stuart (27 October 2011). "GMA & Grainger Games: A statement, by Stuart Dinsey, MD, Intent Media". MCV. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
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  8. ^ "The GMAs". 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-16. We wholeheartedly apologise if we offended anyone at last night's GMAs. It was never our intention to upset anybody. We sponsored the awards to show our support for everyone involved in games media and we continue to value and appreciate all their hard work and commitment. 

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