We are excited to confirm that Geek Retreat plan to open in August bringing a new concept in entertainment retail, events and eating out to Barons Quay.

Local businessmen Callum Franchetti (27) and Kyle Preece (29) from Castle are finally going to fulfil their dream of opening a local game store and cafe in the town, after delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.

The business partners, who are also friends, met at work and found that they shared a passion for pastimes such as video games, comics and trading cards. They now plan to combine their love of all things ‘geeky’ with their extensive retail knowledge to open a franchise of Geek Retreat in Barons Quay.

The Northwich store will be the 11th Geek Retreat in the country, and promises to bring something completely new and quirky to the town, providing a place where people can stop in and geek out!

Shoppers can expect to find the latest comics, trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, board games, video games, toys and American candy. The cafe will serve an American-diner inspired menu including; burgers, fries, paninis, hot dogs as well as the famous Geek Retreat create your own milkshakes!

Once restrictions are lifted the owners will also look to hold regular events at the Barons Quay store.

Kyle Preece said: “It has been a tough few months for everyone, but right now we are feeling positive about the future and I’m confident that Geek Retreat will be well received by the people of Northwich. Being local lads, it’s amazing to be launching our business in our home town and we look forward to being part of Northwich’s recovery and future growth.”

Callum Franchetti said: “The space we have at Barons Quay will allow us to explore new and exciting concepts for the store and will mean that we can easily accommodate social distancing measures allowing people to shop and visit the cafe with confidence. We have some fun things planned for the launch, but we’re keeping those to ourselves for now!”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “We are delighted to welcome Geek Retreat to Barons Quay, they are bringing something completely new to the Centre and Northwich that will be popular with everyone, not just the ‘geek’ community. Their passion and knowledge of the industry will stand them in good stead and ensure that they deliver excellent customer service.”

Geek Retreat is situated at Unit 7, next to Puddle Ducks swim school and opposite Wildwood restaurant. The pair are aiming to be open by the end of August, but if you can’t wait until then orders can be made on their website https://northwich.geek-retreat.com/