“Wait, they’re still around?!”
Yes, and you are not alone in your shock and awe. I know, right now you are being hit with a wave of nostalgia of browsing for your favorite albums, movies, or life-size cardboard cut outs of Homer Simpson, well embrace that feeling. They are not only still around, but they are doing a pretty large footprint expansion and store reimagining. Perhaps you recall we discussed a tad bit about a month ago here, but today let’s do a tour of a couple of the new locations that opened in Dallas, TX this past fall.
I was excited for the new logo, the fresh new design, and the fact that FYE was embracing the same path of nostalgic collectibles alongside Game Stop, only minus a Think Geek Acquisition.
When I visited there were things I loved, and then there were some issues that I felt need to be ironed out, perfected if you will as they continue this process of opening more stores.
The Overall Layout
Personally, I was expecting it to feel a bit less claustrophobic than it once did. The tables, shelves, racks, walls, floors, everything is overwhelmingly covered in merchandise. My A-D-D mind doesn’t even know where to begin when first entering, and with children this became a real nightmare.
The product though is fun, and I do love that they have broken the store up in easily labeled departments: Speakers, Women’s & Men’s Tees, Turn Tables, Headphones, Vinyls, etc.
The Department Signs
Vinyl spelled out with records and the word headphones floats in a cloud of awesome giant headsets; I love how imaginative and creative they got with their department signs! It really excites me to shop for the product for sure, and kind of pulls my eyes away from the cluttered displays.
I was saddened though to see that in both locations I visited the signage was already hanging off the walls. Perhaps they need to be suspended from the ceilings with fishing line or a different adhesive should be considered?
Well if there is anything to be said for a crowded shop, we have options! My husband and I visited the FYE here in Orlando and picked up a great new turntable after I was inspired by some of the awesome styles they had available in their new locations.
The vinyl selection is vast and the DVD collections, though not as expansive as they once were, will not disappoint.
They also have more Funko Pop Characters than you could imagine!
When I was a kid I didn’t shop at FYE because the prices were so high and I regret to say I didn’t notice much a difference when it came to that. BUT they do buy DVD’s, CD’s, etc. so they do offer some more competitive prices with their used products.
Shopgirl wants to know:
- What do you think of the new look?
- Have you been to a new one in person, what was your impression?
- How do you feel this could effect the future of FYE?
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