Many months back we had rumors that all the battle bunkers were going to be closing, and now the Seattle Battle Bunker will going away to be replaced by a Games Workshop Hobby Center. So while there was warning that it was coming, its still a sad state of affairs to see another Battle Bunker go down.


Here is the official announcement

via Seattle Battle Bunker Facebook page
On Sunday, July 28th the Games Workshop Seattle Battle Bunker as you know it will be closing its doors in order to be re-envisioned and remodeled as a Games Workshop Hobby Center. This remodel will take place during the final week of July and doors will reopen on Saturday, August 3rd.

This new Games Workshop Hobby Center format will allow us to better deliver on great customer service to our wide range of customers who are working on their own collections of models. This change also allows us to better focus on recruiting new customers to our great hobby. You can be assured that you will still have access to the same, great range of Games Workshop product as before, with the ability to enjoy a friendly game and improve your hobby skills in a smaller environment.

We thank all of you for your patronage and participation in the activities and events that have been showcased at the Seattle Battle Bunker over the years. We would like to invite you to visit the new Hobby Center beginning on August 3rd.

To prepare for this transition we will begin a new set of store hours starting on Monday, July 8th. The schedule will be as follows:
Monday/Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 1pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

30 Comments:

  1. Probably because we have so many rad Indy stores in the Seattle/ Tacoma area. I can tell you there were some real winners that hung around the Seattle store that actually wasn't even in Seattle, Bellevue bunker RIP.

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  2. Going from a Bunker to a one man store based on those hours, is a pretty big shift.

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    1. Where does it say a Hobby Center is a one man store?
      PRetty sure the one I go to is considered a Hobby Center and it generally has two people in store, except aroud opening and closing.

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  3. Dammit! And, I passed up the chance to go to their 1850 tourney last Saturday! Their LAST tourney!

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  4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....

    Oooooooooooo

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  5. GW games are about buying models, then buying paints to paint them. Actually playing the game is not important, nor does it cost anything, therefore attract any profit. No point having people in a store that are not going to buy anything. I both see the logic from a business stand point and at the same time detest it as short sighted and missing the point of the GAME. A thriving gaming scene encourages sales as players gain experience and purchase more models to be competitive

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  6. I was thinking that this would be the place I would end up gaming at after my army was finished, but I guess not. Does anyone know of a cool place around the Seattle/Bellevue area that has a good 40k/fantasy community?

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    1. Bremerton has the best shop I know of, blue sky hobby, about 2000sq ft of gaming space, coffee bar, plenty of product from a variety of games. Alot of 40k players. It's about a 30 minute drive for me and I have 3 shops closer but it's worth the trip. If you live in Seattle the ferry would probably be the way to go.

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    2. Blue sky is my store too. There pretty much every weekend. You can tell the people who run the store really enjoy war gaming, and care a lot about the community.

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    4. Absolutely, I go out of my way to give that shop money, haven't looked at their calendar for July yet but ill be at their 40k tourney with hive mind kwodd.

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    5. Ugh only a fantasy tourney this month, guess it'll be open gaming.

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  7. what's the difference between a battle bunker and a normal gw store? I live in Mainland europe and we don't have battle bunkers here.

    My guess is that there are more staff in a bunker and you they have a couple of tables to play on but what else.

    If I look at that picture that bunker would fit about 5 or 6 gw one man stores..... yeah that's right. My local gw one man store has all three ranges and most of the products packed together from floor to ceiling. You want to play? No, can do sorry. this 40k 3x2 table is set up to lure new children to the hobby, want a game of fantasy,well maybe you can fit a game on those 2 tiles with some glued down scenery. Oh'you're here to paint, sorry no room because the staff members stuff is already there and the only other seat in the place is taken by the local gw fanboy that's Always in the store.

    hahaha, GW one man stores make me sad. no creativity just sales sales sales.

    Want to have a look at your future the visit my blog and scroll down a bit till you get to a post called "triple celebrations"

    Sorry to hear of your loss..

    Cheers,
    Seb

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    1. WPS Seb, what you can't see from the picture is a gaming area through the arched doorway that is about twice the size of the sales area with around 15 or so tables. I drove up there once last year just to watch a tournament where the people from my store were playing. I'm glad I did when I could because it was fun to see so many different armies and games going on. Seeing it made me want to stay in the hobby when I keep finding more and more reasons not to.

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  8. So officially speaking what's the difference between a hobby center and battle bunker? I've been to the Seattle Battle Bunker and don't really notice much of a difference between it and my local (Portland, now Las Vegas) Hobby Center.

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    1. Battle bunker is a gw store with a large gaming area. Most Indy shops I've been to have as much space as gw battle bunkers if not more. This is basically just gw giving up on catering to the gaming side of the hobby leaving it up to Indy guys.

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    2. Yeah, just a shame there are so few indi stores/centres in the uk :(

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    3. I'm planning to open one and it'll be not too far from you actually. I plan on having space to play and paint too.

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    4. Open a pub with gaming tables and wargaming product.

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  9. Games workshop has closed down one store in the Midwest Chicagoland area, the Naperville store, it was a store that was a high profit store, and a one man store. So are they going smaller in the Chicago area? Because their influence has died down, and they have been shipping out the members right before they started the reorganization of the stores.

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  10. My store in the UK has gone from 4 staff members to just the Manager over the past 2 years. When I first started collecting 6 years ago, the store didn't have a manager but had 3 normal staff and was a great laugh. Always full of people playing games and having a great laugh. Now its got at most half a dozen people in most days...

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  11. The only people I know still in the hobby are those who play...
    In fact the only ongoing communities all centre around playing the game far more than just the hobby side of things.
    Pure stupidity...

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    1. I agree, not often people gather to paint or build (although I do this with a friend some times as it is nice)
      But most of the time if you gather some people you'd rather play than paint right.

      That said GW stores are getting more greedy on the letting veterans paint using the stores paints also...

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  12. I understand that people that just go to the store to play, and never buy anything new is just a cost for the stores. So catering to this segment isn't the best part of the hobby.
    I live a bit away from a GW or FLGSs so I don't get to go to them to play, but with summer coming up I would love to bring a list to the store and be sure I could get in a game.

    But with the stronger push from GW corporate to focus only on new players and not on the hobby as a whole prevents this. That means I can end up paying for a train ticket only to hang out at the store and talk never meeting other players.

    If I didn't have a few dedicated players in my friend circle I would probably not have put such insane ammount of money into the hobby, because Iwouldn't hae anyplace to play.

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  13. Sign of the decline of GW. Closing Battle Bunkers, no we don't want you to play at our stores. We just want you to sell you stuff and you figure out where you can play. Doesn't matter to them, they got your cash already.

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    1. It is not a sign of decline at all. It's a sign that they are focused on a non veteran target market. That space at the battle bunker was costing them electricity and rent on square meterage. They don't get any real profit, maybe £20-30 here or there every other month from a player who has everything.

      They downsize to provide a smaller rent, so their bottom line is less and they can still make a profit, and to show people towards gaming clubs. If you read earlier posts there was one detailing how GE are trying to push support for gaming clubs to get them set up.

      So like I was saying. Not evidence of a decline at all, just moving with the (vicious) retail truth.

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    2. I agree with Chris, they could run 3 mini shops for what it costs to run a battle bunker. Who likes going to gw stores anyhow? Feels like their main focus is selling you 10$ bottles of glue that are dried out. They always ask: "so what do you need to put these guys together?" I answer: "time". What I'd like to see personally is them transitioning their stores into the hobby/recruitment shops ( which they are doing) then lending support to Indy stores for the gaming side, prize support or whatever. The cost of providing minimal support for these Indy shops that keep the hobby alive is nothing compared to paying Bellevue rent to keep the battle bunker or any other gw with gaming space open.

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  14. Is it true GW in general is in decline? Is the community in decline too? If so, this is bummer as I was thinking about getting back into 40k after a very long hiatus. I am from the Seattle area. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a hobby store in the Seattle area that has a healthy 40k community? Especially one that encourages new players?

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