NEWINGTON – Although social distancing has resulted in gaming stores having to close their doors to the public and cancel large tournaments, Tabletop Gaming Center in Newington has found customers are still eager to buy for their hobbies and support them by ordering online.
Danny Groshang, communications manager for Tabletop Gaming Center, located at 741 New Britain Ave., Newington, said despite everything that has happened they are still seeing around 20 orders a day. He expects the store will be able to “weather the storm” until the pandemic has ended.
“It’s still not as many orders as we would have seen if we were open, but we still have a lot of people supporting us and keeping us going so that we can continue to provide a necessary service to the community,” Groshang said. “The Magic the Gathering and Warhammer players have been nothing short of phenomenal. They have not quit their hobbies and if anything they have more time to commit to them.”
Groshang stated this model has worked out well.
“We had started to prepare back in March as we watched how the world was reacting so that we could stay out in front of it. We are concerned for the health of the community,” Groshang said.
For families at home with their children, Tabletop Gaming Center has created a “Blind Box Grab Bag.” People can call up Tabletop and tell staff what kinds of games they like and which ones they already have. Staff will then put together a “grab bag” of $200 worth of games for $100.
“We have already had 10 people take advantage of this,” Groshang said.
Groshang said while some smaller area card stores have had to cut their hours, Tabletop Gaming Center is large enough that it can remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.
“We are trying the best that we can to keep a feeling of regularity for our customers,” he said.
For more information call 860-436-2213.
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