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The hottest new entertainment retailer Geek Retreat is set to open a new store at the Harpur Centre in Bedford this summer.


Founded in Glasgow in 2017, this ‘geek culture’ retailer sells everything from figures, board games, tabletop games and trading cards from some of the biggest brands in geekdom – there is a collection of free to play board games which you can enjoy over a geek-themed milkshake or a tasty burger. Geek Retreat is also an events hub, catering for kids and beginners with our Learn to Play Sessions, through casual players to tournaments for more experienced players for popular games including Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, Dungeons and Dragons and Yu-Gi-Oh!


So whether it’s comic book signings, games tournaments, quizzes, a bite to eat or a shake to drink, shoppers will be able to find something for themselves to enjoy in a safe environment.


The Bedford store will be run by local gaming enthusiasts, and best friends, Jordan Stevenson and Dan Sexton. “We’ve been friends since high school and we have been gaming together ever since we first met. Running a gaming store is our dream job and we cannot wait to start welcoming customers” commented Jordan.


Together with store owners Rob Harden and Sharon Lockhart, Jordan and Dan are aiming to create a community hub where shoppers can mingle and share their interests, even if they don’t consider themselves geeks. Jordan comments further “Dan and I live nearby and we know there is lots of interest in the town,” he said. “We have been sad to see the devastating effect of Covid on the town centre, and it is destination shops like Geek Retreat that will help bring people back to the town.


There are lots of people out there with strong interests in gaming and we want to provide an inclusive environment for them to pursue their passions. We will have regular events for lots of the most popular games with special offers and prizes, but we also want to have special nights for those with Autism and run things like Mums and tots groups too.”


Geek Retreat will be welcoming shoppers from across Bedford and beyond and their mission is to be the friendliest place to meet, eat, shop and game. It is a fun café with an opportunity to try a new game, trade or participate in special events and tournaments.


The Harpur Centre has exciting plans for the next few months and James Burchell, Co-Founder and Partner at Tellon Capital, is looking forward to welcoming Geek Retreat to the family.


“We are delighted to have secured Geek Retreat as an occupier in the Harpur Centre. 


We have worked tirelessly during Covid to bring new operators into Bedford, ones which will enhance the experience of visiting the centre and we believe Geek Retreat will do just that.


We are looking forward to seeing them open and building a successful franchise here in Bedford.”


Geek Retreat will be setting up in the Horne Lane Mall area of the Harpur Centre and will shortly be recruiting locally for staff. For details, follow their social media pages Geek Retreat Bedford and our Centre pages for regular updates.