Hamilton’s first board game lounge announced Monday (Nov. 16) that they’ve made the difficult decision to close their doors for good.
In a post shared to social media and posted to the store’s website, the owner of Gameopolis said that the decision to close by the end of the year has been a difficult one.
“After 7.5 years, it is with a heavy heart that I announce our store closing,” the message read. “This was not easy by any means – it was in fact a very long and complicated decision.”
The post goes on to explain that with the lease renewal coming up by the end of the year and being faced with a “significant increase in rent,” coupled with the challenges of navigating a pandemic and some personal life events, “all roads seem to be leading us in this direction.”
Gameopolis opened their doors on King Street to tabletop gaming enthusiasts back in the summer of 2013 and quickly became a favourite for people of all walks of life looking for a place to get some good eats and drinks and try their hand at one of the thousands of games available to play.
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It provided an affordable way for gamers to try out the newest, most popular and most in-demand games without breaking the bank.
“I had hoped (and planned) to announce our closure with a few weeks lead time for our regular customers to enjoy the space safely one last time,” the post said.
“However, with the changes that go into effect today, I think it is safest for our staff and customers if the café transitions to a strictly retail environment while we begin the process of closing our doors.”
The next few days will see the store close to prepare the space to welcome retail customers, the post said. It will reopen this weekend to start offering new and used board games at a discount.
All board games will be available for in-store purchase, curbside pick-up or free local delivery for purchases of $50 or more.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown our little shop over the years,” the owner said in the farewell post.
“This entire experience is something I will truly never forget.”
To learn more about Gameopolis’s closing sale, visit their website.