Jane Imrie

Geek Retreat on track to create hundreds of UK jobs with new stores

A ‘geek culture’ retailer and gaming cafe is on the way to creating hundreds of jobs with the expansion of its UK store network.

Geek Retreat is on track to open 60 of its planned 100 new stores on high streets around the country by the end of 2021.

The brand, which has stores in town and city centres such as Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, the Wirral, Northampton, Chelmsford and London, specialises in ‘geek culture’ merchandise like comics, posters, clothing, figures and memorabilia as well as games and trading cards.

New stores are due to open in a number of locations around the UK, including Blackburn, Hereford, Exeter, Lincoln, Ipswich and Bedford.

The extension of Geek Retreat’s store network is set to create 360 new jobs across the UK, including both customer-facing and head office roles.

Peter Dobson, chief executive of Geek Retreat, commented: “We are pressing ahead with our expansion plans and are on track to meet our target for new stores.

“Despite the impact the pandemic has had on the high street more generally, the Geek Retreat proposition and unique culture has proved particularly resilient and has shown us how important it is for people to have a safe place to visit and to share their interests with friends as part of a community.”

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