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Word has trickled down that the beloved game store in Nashville, TN, The Game Keep, will stay in business! I had previously announced that the store would close at the end of the month, but the owner has been able to make arrangements to stay open through the beginning of the year!

I can't speak for the others in my group, but this has been a wake-up call for me to better support my local FLGS. Don't learn the hard way of how important it is to keep your FLGSs is business!

http://www.thegamekeep.com/
 
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I think Karl may be able to stay in business a little longer than just through the beginning of the year. Here is what he had to say on thegamekeep.com website:

"I just got off the phone with my landlady. The owners of the building here have agreed to a significant reduction in the amount of rent for this location.

"A great number of people, both new to the Keep and regular long-time customers, have come by and expressed their dismay at the thought of us closing. This store really is a hub of the gaming community and I want to thank you all for your support. And, speaking of support, enough people took advantage of our sale, that the financial hole the Keep was heading toward is no longer a problem.

"For these reasons, I am grateful to say, The Game Keep will continue to serve the central Tennessee area!"

Karl has made a great contribution to the area since 1996, when he bought the store from another great group of individuals who owned and operated Games Extraordinairre. (I think I have that name correct.) I appreciate the efforts Karl has made to keep his business alive, and look forward to future visits to the store and being entertained by Karl's guitar picking while browsing the shelves. I know he has competition from internet shops and from on-line role playing games such as World of Warcraft, but it is great to have a brick and mortar store of The Gamekeep's quality in the Nashville area.
 
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gregandjan wrote:
I think Karl may be able to stay in business a little longer than just through the beginning of the year.


In a more cynical light, a friend of mine spoke with the owner of another area hobby store. According to her, Karl does this every other year or so, crying calamity and announcing the demise of the store (generating lots of 'last chance' sales and clearing out old stock for tax purposes), only to 'miraculously' survive shortly after.

Reminds me of a furniture store whose "going out of business" sale occurred every other month for about seven years.
 
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I've been going to The Game Keep since it opened. While Karl often has an end of the year clearance sale, he doesn't have a yearly "going out of business" sale. Your friend is a little misinformed and perhaps a tad biased.
 
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