In the latest GW newsletter I received this morning, there was something interesting, at least for myself. So I apologize to many of that this does not effect.

Games Workshop is looking at Portland Oregon for store! At least it appears that way. Portland Oregon is listed below, and unless I am missing something, Portland has not been listed here before. This would definitely change the dynamics of the independents around here, but I think a local store (located in near Washington Square or even Lloyd Center) would be ideal.

While I have no idea of the size or location they are considering, it would do wonders for our hobby to generate some new players this way. We have always been loaded up with lots of independents locally, and lately we had a couple go down, so especially here on the West Side we have lots of wide open space for a GW store. So GW if you are looking at this, Lloyd Center (center of town) to the west side by Washington Square.

via Games Workshop
Career Selection Centers
Want to run your own store? Games Workshop is looking for people in the following locations and will conduct onsite interviews for candidates interested in learning more and pursuing a career in a Games Workshop Hobby Center at scheduled Selection Centers. Apply online and we will contact you about Selection Center dates and locations.

Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA - Apply by 8/18
Sacramento, CA - Apply by 8/22
Seattle, WA - Apply by 8/30
Philadelphia, PA - Apply by 8/31
Phoenix/Tucson, AZ - Apply by 9/6
Birmingham, AL - Apply by 9/10
Las Vegas, NV - Apply by 9/25
Portland, OR - Apply by 9/25
Columbia, SC - Apply byer 9/27
Buffalo, NY - Apply by 10/1

32 Comments:

  1. Now we just need a New England/Northeast Coast store.

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    1. That's what I was thinking...then I realized we have done great LGS's. Here in Western Mass, anyway.

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    2. There is one in the Boston area in Cambridge next to harvard I believe that might still be there

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    3. The Harvard square GW closed a while ago. Battleground games in Plainville is just as good as a GW and runs awesome tournaments though.

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  2. Lol. Too bad its a conflict of interest man.

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  4. But if you go and work for them then you wont be allowed to post rumours on your awesome blog! What would we all do then? :(

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    1. You just Start the store to get decent Dates on releases and 50% of products! :)

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  5. A store in Iowa would be nice.

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  6. Just so everyone is aware, I won't be applying. Too much going on here on my side, and I am sure the pay is not what I would require.

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    1. How much so they Pay?
      Has anybody got a rough gues?

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    2. I'm going to take an educated guess and say in Washington state where I'm from they pay around $10.00/ hour minimum wage is $9.04.

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    3. as a general staffer not a manager btw

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  7. Live in Britain and can't afford the move.

    Plus, I'd be sacked within a month because I couldn't stay quiet about upcoming releases. You'd find me on this site telling all without holding back.

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  8. Lloyd Center would be a great location.

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    1. I agree. That would be the most ideal in my opinion, as it would be central to most of the area.

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  9. Oh wow!!! Columbia SC. Please please please. Just as I was thinking...of coarse, no love for the south east. I see SC. Sweet.

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  10. No love for Michigan we only have one store in the metro Detroit area....

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  11. Finally a place close to Säffle!

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  12. We are very lucky here in that we have many excellent game stores in the Portland metro area. I think a GW store would not fill a need for product access, but rather serve as another way to grow the hobby locally.

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    1. We have a couple good ones, and a few bad ones to be more specific.

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  13. What?? They just hold meeting in Mpls but have no desire to put a store there?

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  14. While I don't want to get into GW bashing, I have had frank conversations with GW store managers who I respect (meaning, their first response when someone walks into their stores is not "Hey. What do you want to buy?"), and I would not recommend this.

    Not to anyone.

    Not ever.

    From all I've heard, GW is using a model much like the model that seems to be coming to light in the Apple stores: they leverage the dedication of their fans to make them look over some poor-ass working conditions.

    I'm not sure if it's different elsewhere, but here in Canada there is only one man in each store (unless you're a bunker; then you may have two). It is way too much responsibility for one person, particularly when you start to think about running events, taking days off, calling in sick...

    So, yeah, long-story-short, you do not want to run your own GW store. This is good for people who would like a GW in their backyard, but I would not recommend trying to staff these stores yourself.

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    1. My Gw store fairly small but it has3 or 4 workers arou.d the clock.

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  15. I want one in wichita KS. It really sucks that the closest one is more than 100 miles away lol

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  16. Lovely to see Sactown on that list! Hope someone's desperate enough to jump on that one. (And if I do end up being laid off by the Government come New year, it might be me! :) )

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  17. Iirc hobby center managers make 17/hr plus bonuses if you are in growth at the end of the year. Not sure if 1 man stores make the same or not.

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    1. .....and if your not in growth by the end of the year you get canned.

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  18. US Games Workshop has really two different store models/ positions.

    HCM - these are stores that are open 6 to 7 days a week. They have staff besides the manager. They generally in locations were Gw can not control hours of the location.

    HCO's are one man models. So the manager is the only one that is responsible for everything.

    Most managers start around 33k a year. It's hourly based on 37.5 hours a week. Plus you can make bonus based on growing your store and profit sharing. You get two weeks of vacation, amazing health/dental/vision and 401k.

    Your wages go up as your store grows. You get around a full months training before you walk through the door of your store and once your in your store you have a trainer/coach working with you. Once a quarter they fly you out for training/networking with all of the other managers in the US region company.

    The culture and the company are amazing to work for.

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    1. So if the posting is for "hobby center operator" instead of manager is it safe to assume it's a one man show? Is there a possibility of building the store up so that it transitions from one to the other?

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