NOTTINGHAMTO GET A GEEK RETREAT
Geek Retreat, the UK’s leading geek hangout chain, is opening an outlet within Flying Horse Walk in Nottingham city centre.
Described as a comic book store, cafe and events hub rolled into one, there are already nine Geek Retreat stores in the UK in Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Wirral, Bradford, Edinburgh and Motherwell, making Nottingham the tenth one.
The stores stock “geek culture” merchandise such as comics, posters, clothing, figures, collectables and memorabilia as well as games and gaming accessories.
They also host events with geek culture at their heart including comic book signings, games tournaments and quizzes. Specialising in trading card games, they cater for kids and beginners with their learn-to-play sessions to tournaments for more experienced players for popular games, including Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh!
They also stock an extensive selection of free-to-read graphic novels and free-to-play board games and games consoles – perfect for families.
It’s not all games though, Geek Retreat specialise in American milkshakes including Chocolate Thunder: A decadent ice-cream milkshake containing Nutella, Maltesers, Oreos and chocolate sauce, Rainbow Dash: A skittles and strawberry shake and Jaffa the Hutt: A smooth blend of ice-cream and Jaffa Cakes.
If a milkshake doesn’t take your fancy, choose from their selection of hot and cold drinks, American candy, burgers, hotdogs, Panini and nachos, keeping you fuelled up while you play.
The Geek Retreat will be opening in Nottingham at the end of November in the former Berketex Brides unit situated at the lower entrance to the shopping arcade on St Peter’s Gate.
Nottingham franchise owner Graham Palk along with fellow directors Owen Hilyard-Todd and Ross T Price said: “We’ve wanted to open a business of this nature for some time and when we came across this franchise opportunity, we thought it was perfect. We were looking for suitable premises and when we came across the unit in Flying Horse Walk, with its size and location, in the heart of the city, it seemed just perfect. We can’t wait to open our doors to the people of Nottingham.”
“We are delighted that we are getting a Geek Retreat outlet in Flying Horse Walk,” said Rob Spencer, director of FHP Property Consultants, the managing agents of Flying Horse Walk. “It offers something different and unique for Nottingham and will complement the other businesses in the arcade. We wish Graham and his colleagues all the best.”
The store is hosting a Grand Opening event at 10am on Saturday 30 November, with free milkshakes for the first ten customers and Mike Quinn, actor for beloved alien Nien Nunb in Star Wars, puppeteer from The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Muppets and more will be making a special appearance, bringing with him some signed prizes for the open day.