The Portal has gone through many changes in its past, but something needed to be done in this time of quarantine. The store needed a new look. When the decree came that all non-essential business would close its doors, the Portal took this time to change. We realized that some of our board game aisles were a little too constricting, and we were running out of space with the influx of games coming to the market. While we may be living through the Golden Age of Board Games, it also means that new products are flooding through our doors. Realizing this, we took action and began to make room.
This also allowed us to be a bit more practical when it came to the customer interaction with the store. When walking through the aisles as they were before, it was difficult for two people to walk side by side and look for games they wanted. It also became difficult on the miniatures end to find which models the customer required. There was so much in that regard that some miniatures disappearing behind other models.
The new open platform for our store also allows customers to find what they need quickly. The time allotted to us through this quarantine brought new light to what a game store could be, and how we wanted to present ourselves. And that went for the gaming library as well.
The gaming library at the Portal was growing just as quickly as the inventory, and Brandt Sanderson rose to the challenge of updating it. Some of the games that were removed were ones that were copies of another. You only need one iteration of the DC Deckbuilder, and only one version of Fluxx. This allowed us to present newer releases so that our customers could demo them before making the decision to purchase.
Talking with Larry Plano, one of our staff members, he approached the remodel with some key thoughts. He wanted "all types of games to have their own section for ease of use." He also thought "it was more important for the store to have less product to enhance the look of the store versus every product coming to the market. More quality products would be showcased instead of quantity." He even mentioned that this would "make the store look more presentable and professional."
And yet, while the store may be reopening with restrictions for health and safety, we are still not able to open up the gaming space. I know that this store has been a gaming haven for many of you, and for some, it has been a source of your only game nights, but we will get there. But for now, the retail space has gotten a remodel, and the staff is quite proud of the work they've done.