Nearby gaming store to close permanently due to effects of COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After about 10 years of fun, Fanatix gaming store will be closing its doors due to the effects of COVID-19.

“We lost our Enterprise location. We run the stores as a family we have multiple locations. When we lost the Enterprise store it was a tough hit and so the Dothan store we tried to make it work but we want some certainty in this uncertain time so we decided to wrap it all up,” Owner Phil Chalker said.

With the store closing in July, Owner Phil Chalker says not only is it a hassle for his store and employees but it can weigh heavily on the community especially the gamers.

“Gaming stores are an interesting business because they are mostly community centers. They host games and a lot of niche transactions that you can only get at stores like this whether its a comic or tournament. When you’re unable to have events, you just cant operate your business. Even if we can be open for retail sales, that’s not our culture. The culture is always about community events and games,” Chalker said.

Speaking of events, what’s going to happen with the big annual event — Fanaticon?

“Fanaticon last year was a massive success we really started something good. Fanatix is a cornerstone of that event and I think we’re gonna make the choice to not do Fanaticon,” Chalker added.

The store will have some items on sale such as furniture, fixtures, and other equipment until the store closes the doors.

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