Brenda and Chad Thompson own the Gamez & More store that is moving from its Byron location next door to Happy China to a larger store in the Apache Mall. The grand opening for the new store is March 2, 3 and 4. It is across the hallway from Serenity Couture Salon.
By Gretta Becay
The closing of the Gamez and More Store in Byron last week is bittersweet. Byron loses the business, but the business isn't closing; it's moving into a bigger storefront at the Apache Mall.
The store has been in its location next door to the Happy China Restaurant since 2012.
The owners, Chad and Brenda Thompson, explained that they've "outgrown Byron."
They have customers from as far away as the Twin Cities and Austin, and nearer including Rochester, Stewartville and Kasson. Groups of customers come in many nights for tournament play on tables Chad has set up and the new store in the Apache Mall has triple the space.
He will be able to accommodate more than 60 players there whereas the Byron store only has room for about a dozen.
Chad's eyes light up when he explains that every wall and column in the new store has slat walls; that's the kind of walls that can easily hold the myriad products Chad offers for sale, he said.
He has game cards, collectibles for games, models that can be assembled and even items that have been in movies and, "...99 percent of everything is for sale," he said.
"I always wanted a store that had everything. People would look around and go 'Wow.'"
His biggest focus is on the strategizing card game, Magic: The Gathering®. The game is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Chad first outgrew his basement where he did most of his business online and about six years ago, the couple decided to open the store in Byron.
Their children, Libby, Laney and Brody attended or currently attend Byron schools and the family makes its home here.
But, it's time to move to a bigger store and they have found an ideal location at the Apache Mall in Rochester.
They're moving into the store that used to house 'Cut Above Home' right across from 'Serenity Couture Salon.' The new store is on the opposite side of the mall from Applebee's near the J.C. Penney store.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review and Star Herald.