Big changes are coming for Village Geek, gaming store in McPherson, as they start opening a second location in Manhattan, Kansas.
Since the beginning of Village Geek, co-owners Richard Martin, Jed Litwiller and Titus Brandt have felt that their business would be a success and now is the time to open another location in October 2017.
"We decided on Manhattan, Kansas due to its growth rate, demographics, the customer base of 20- to 40-year-old males, the university of course and the military base," Martin said. "It has a lot more customers there."
Village Geek, located at 116 N. Main St. in McPherson, offers a variety of board games, collectible card games, video games as well as comic books. The second location will be at 105 Third St., Manhattan, where a barbecue restaurant operated previously.
Martin, Litwiller and Brandt are going to Manhattan for the store opening and to assist with any needs until they hire employees to run the sale floor. The space will feature a large room with tables to play at, a board game library and a full espresso bar.
Martin said he will be at the Manhattan location four days a week and will continue to do behind the scenes office work with his co-owners to keep the store running.
Village Geek started off in 2012, oddly enough, around a board game.
Martin, his co-owners and a business partner of the company were sitting around one afternoon playing the board game Settlers of Catan, when a friend had the idea of starting their own gaming store.
Martin said he was ecstatic to have friends there that afternoon who had experience in the business industry to bring their idea to life.
"We looked at each other and said let's run the math to see if McPherson could support a game store. So we did some market research and decided yes, there was a market here and we could open our own store," Martin said.
Shortly after that afternoon in February 2012, Village Geek opened July 2, 2012.
“What we really focus on is building relationships and helping our customers build relationships with each other through the games we all play,” Martin said. “We really try to build that community and have a space where we can get together and play games and get to know each other.”
Martin and his co-owners hope to make a chain of Village Geek stores throughout the midwest, if all goes well with the Manhattan opening.
For more information, visit http://villagegeekgames.com or call 620-504-6445. For information on the Manhattan location, visit http://facebook.com/VillageGeekManhattan.
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