The Play N Trade video game store in Dacula, GA (next to Stars & Strikes) has unfortunately closed without notice. I visited this location on 5.24.2010 and found the store locked with all the product still inside. A brief note posted on the door stated that due to the poor economy the store had to close abruptly, and thanks all their regulars for their business.
On a related note, the Buford Play N Trade store near the Mall of Georgia appears to have closed recently as well.
I must say it’s very disappointing to see these two stores closing almost in the same month, and not just because I was a regular at both stores. It means that the retail industry in Atlanta is continuing to decline and that Play N Trade stores are unable to remain profitable and competitive with the monster corporate juggernaut of GameStop.
Play N Trade’s stores are very gamer-friendly and the staff have always proven helpful for me, and they are among very few retailers outside of independents who still buy/sell/trade vintage games, consoles and accessories.
There are still
8 7 6 5 Play N Trade locations open in the Atlanta area, and I encourage all Atlanta-area gamers to support them: Athens – closed late 2011
Snellville – closed Summer 2011
Peachtree Corners – closed in 2010
Visit PlayNTrade.com to find the location nearest you.
For you nostalgic types and former regulars at the Atlanta-area PNT stores that closed, I found some videos/TV commercials from those stores:
– Athens, GA
– Buford, GA
– Peachtree Corners, GA