The Pokemon Center NYC store opened in 2001, and I was unfortunate to only realize its existence in 2003, a mere two years before it closed. I went about every weekend, sometimes every other weekend when I was more busy. Therefore I was outraged to find it was turned into a nintendo store, but I understood. The franchise just isnt as popular anymore. However it seems the franchise has been getting a boost lately with the latest gens. Old pokemon games are selling for more than they ever were. It seems like more and more people are traveling to Japan to get their Pokemon fix at the seven pokemon centers located around the country. So that makes me think...why not here again?
Surely not in New York, as that bombed after 4 years. The cost to rent the building probably outweighed the profit after Gen 3 rolled around, so they turned it into a general Nintendo Store and they are probably making three times the profit they would have. HOWEVER, they are opening up kiosk things all over Washington, as you probably know, that look like this.
That kiosk is a few steps away from becoming a pokemon center. I was also at the Garden State Plaza mall tour pokemon store, and it looked exactly the same. Granted that was for a day, but the mall was more packed than I've ever seen it! And that mall is a popular tourist attraction---people come from all over the country to go there.
The point I'm really trying to make here is if they have the money to fund all these vending machines, mini kiosks and pokemon tours, why not just open a Pokemon Center close to their Bellevue location? It could either be an addition onto their office building or a store in a nearby mall. This could be a tourist extravaganza--a reason for people to visit the state and a cha-ching for everyone involved . It would be a lot less likely to go under because of the incredibly different store renting costs. And it could just import merchandise from japan, but accept U.S. dollars. Or it could just collect current U.S. merchandise in larger quantities without making many exclusive products--whichever would save them money. Plus it doesnt have to be as large as the Pokemon Centers in Japan, maybe one floor instead of the NYC's two. Plus exclusive pokemon could be offered via wifi there like gamestop does to have the little kids begging their parents to take them there.
Long Story short: Who is with me on this? Who misses the NYC store and thinks theres a market for it in the US yet again?
I see 98 views, but no posts. I made this thread to get support, to show the pokemon company there is demand. Come on guys!