Two Golden Island outlets set for closure

Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone is due to lose two oulets in the coming weeks with gaming retailer, Game Stop, and Argos, due to withdraw from the Irish retail market.

Following the announcement in January that Argos would close all its 34 Irish stores by June 24 next, Game Stop has become the latest retailer to announce a withdrawal from the Irish market. The company announced its decision to close all of its 35 Irish stores on social media late last week, and is currently holding a closing-down sale across all outlets.

The news of the closure of Game Stop Ireland comes against the backdrop of the gaming company announcing its first profitable quarter in the US in two years, with net income for the fourth quarter of last year at 48.2 million dollars, compared to a net loss of 147.5 million dollars the previous year.

In a social media post, Game Stop said they were “disappointed” that Game Stop Ireland will be closing. “But while we're here, we've got a range of discounts across hundreds of items. Once they're gone, they're gone,” the post stated.

Both Argos - which is due to cease trading by June 24 – and Game Stop have outlets in the Golden Island Shopping Centre.