A new shop perfect for “geeks and nerds” will soon open in Hull in a bid to revitalise one of the city’s shopping streets.
Bad Wolf Gaming Ltd, the brainchild of friends Ash Tyson and James Wilson, will open at the top of Whitefriargate in the early summer.
The ambitious pair, who met while working at a now closed shop in the street, will turn their gaming hobbies into retail careers, offering a community space for residents and visitors to enjoy with some exciting plans in the pipeline.
The ground floor will offer a vibrant retail outlet, filled with latest games, TV, film and pop culture accessories and will include brands such as Pokemon and the entertainment genre Anime.
Also on the ground floor, a separate section will be a dedicated space for locals looking to break into the retail market.
Mr Tyson said: “Whether they are selling hand-made jewellery, or they are artists, we hope they will come along and use the space to display what they are creating and selling.
“We want to offer this space to others to help them promote their work and give them a stepping-stone.”
The Tourist Information Centre will also have a physical presence within the store three days a week in a bid to promote the whole area.
Further down the line, the pair are looking to develop the upstairs second floor into a retro cinema with the first floor converted into a games space where customers can play anything from Dungeons and Dragons to Monopoly.
This will also include a Steampunk-themed tuck-shop and bar.
With the support of Scotts Property and chartered surveyor Nick Coultish, the pair have managed to turn their dream a reality.
Mr Coultish is delighted to see an independent business take shape in a location that has been hit hard by the high street downturn.
“I do not see the decline of high streets continuing, as some people may have predicted,” he said. “Instead they will evolve and change and what Ash and James are doing is proof of that.
“Ash and James have identified an opportunity and understand that retail needs to offer more than ever, providing the consumer with a positive leisure experience in addition to traditional retailing.
“Ash and James’s vision does just that, combining traditional retail with incubating a community that will support the independent retailer for years to come.
“I hope this is one of many positive stories on Whitefriargate and anticipate that it will continue to revitalise and reinvent itself over years to come.
“This opening sends out a really positive message and we wish them well. We also hope others follow, taking advantage of the opportunities that exist along the street.”
Bad Wolf Gaming is expected to open in June and can be found at 37-38 Whitefriargate.
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