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Game over for Esperance’s EB Games

Esperance appears resigned to losing its video-game store, with EB Games announcing it will shut up shop at the Boulevard shopping centre premise.

EB Games has been unable to come to a new agreement with Esperance Boulevard own-ers Charter Hall for a new lease.

The Kalgoorlie Miner understands a rent hike was the key reason behind the closure.

Staff at the Esperance store were interested in finding another store to operate from, but have been unsuccessful.

EB Games employee Briannah Ripp said the closure had herself and colleagues concerned about their future in Esperance.

“We have been trying to move elsewhere, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen, which really sucks because I love working here,” she said.

“EB Games decided we wouldn’t make any profit and it would be better to just shut the store. We were doing well, not amazingly, but we were surviving in this little town, where so many stores were closing.”

Ms Ripp said staff were only given a few days notice of the lease expiry.

An Esperance Boulevard spokesman said Charter Hall did not comment on individual tenants’ circumstances.

The closure comes two months after Esperance’s Civic Video closed its doors, citing the roll-out of the National Broadband Network as the final nail in its coffin.

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