The Grand Opening at the Games Workshop Hobby center in Portland today was a lot of fun. I showed up a little early and was able to talk to Tyler, the store manager for the store. Very nice guy, who seems to be very much on top of what is going on.


There were lots of people there, and the lines to get into the store were extremely long. Inside the store, people were literally shoulder to shoulder, as Portland made a very good showing for its new hobby store.

The highlights at least on my end, was connecting with so many players that I do not see that often. There were people that traveled all the way from Seattle and Salem to take part of the opening. You can see from the pics how many people made a showing. I was very proud of Portland's showing today.

As for the GW staff, they were truly interested in what people were working on, and amazingly knew many peoples names an hour or so later (something I know my memory could never do). Great showing for Tyler here in Portland, and I know that Chicago will miss him.

Here are the Highlights with Pics

*The massive line waiting for the store to open
*A friend of mine lining up his flamers in an almost perfect line for the template, in a 500pt game.
*The huge crowd inside the store
*Even when I left an hour or so after opening, there was still a line outside.


















24 Comments:

  1. Always nice to see a number of local faces I recognize and a lot of faces I don't!!! I must have just missed ya as I showed up right about when you left.

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  2. Was a Hoot Nice to run into ya again after all those years.I got in 3 matches,and placed third.

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  3. low lights 2 staff members, not enough room inside the store to turn around, 4 tiny spots for the painting and conversion event, clearly the grad opening was slightly under planed.

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    1. There's the sunny, positive outlook I've come to expect from any mention of GW on the intertubes. May I say, on behalf of all generally cheery hobbyists:

      Cram it up yer bum.

      That is all, have a splendid day folks, even you Jeremy.

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    2. I would say the same about any store opening that went the same way after having worked in retail for far more years than I care to remember, and working many store openings. I was actually looking forward to the store opening and glad to see it happen here finally.

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  4. So you gonna be spinning rumors around the paint table, Natfka? Haha

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  5. So, Natfka, does this mean the Portland store is not a 1-man operation? The Scottsdale, AZ store is a 1-man show, and so is the recently-opened Tuscon GW store, I believe. It would be nice to know if GW is moving away from the 1-man operation model to opening stores with larger staff sizes...

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  6. Looks great! Next time I'm in Portland I'll check it out.

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  7. That's jolly interesting. If a GW opened around here in the UK the customers would be mostly young fellows - under 16s, maybe an occasional adult player but certainly the minority. I wodner if the demographics represent the more competitive perspective the US has on games?

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  8. Wow, it's amazing how big the US stores are compared to those in the UK. I expect our stores are about the same size as the stock cupboard in one of yours!

    Something else is interesting as a long-time UK gamer - all of the people in your pics are adults. In the UK, GW stores are always full of nerdy 13-year-old boys. Going in as a grown man feels a bit weird, like you've walked into a youth club.

    Perhaps this is why there's a perceived emphasis on competitive gaming in the US, because more of the people in the hobby are adults?

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    1. Hmmm Don't know about that. At least in my area anyway. This store seems a tiny bit bigger than my local judging from the pics. Then I have seen some tiny ones about that sacrifice space for quaintness. I love the old quaint GW's hidden down cobble ally ways. Might not be practical for games and such but it keeps the charm going. Now where are my pipe and slippers?..

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    2. your stores must be down right tiny then, If i were to guess the Portland one is between 750 and 900 sq feet

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    3. All but Warhammer World of course. lol

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  9. @jdwelch62 - The Portland store is a 1 man store. There were a couple guys from corp there as well as a guy from another store, Maryland I think, to help out for the day. There is a second 'on call' employee.

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    1. Thanks... Hopes dashed... But from what I understand of the guy who runs the Portland store, he's very happy and doesn't appear over-worked/stressed. So I guess the new 1- man store business model is working... At least so far...

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  10. So you're saying Tyler is pretty much the only employee? Damn. Well, best of luck to him, Chicago does indeed miss him.

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  11. Was there a special "offer" in the store?

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  12. I see about 4 guys not beeing obese... (top pic). Is it the gamers or the population?

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    1. I don't see a lot of obese people in those photos. I see a lot of folks bundled up for cold, wet Portland weather (having to stand outside for who knows how long), but not a lot of obesity. Or are you just being anti-American?...

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  13. Looked like a great day and a great addition to GW. Hope it does well. Cool Ork drawing also btw. :)

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  14. Ya it was a lot of fun. I saw a few familiar faces but most of the people I had not seen before so it was great to talk and play with new people

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  15. You guys seem to be missing the point. DID YOU SEE MY FLAMER LINE?

    I rolled 54 2wounds with 4 flamers!

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    1. I lol'd.

      Really though, it was one of the most destructive flamer line ups I have ever seen. It was very busy though to really see the results of the game.

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