Kenneth Seelig, owner of Champion City Video Games, opened in the Park Shopping Center on Bechtle Avenue recently. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

New video game store opens in Springfield

Kenneth Seelig III was already staying up until 2 a.m. buying and selling used video games after his full-time job was over, so it made sense to spend that time running his own business.

Champion City Video Games recently opened in the shopping center near Kroger at 1051 N. Bechtle Ave. The store will focus on selling news and used video games, consoles, movies and vintage games. The store is similar to national chains like GameStop, but by being locally-owned Seelig can develop better relationships with his customers, including making recommendations for new games.

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“It’s just something I understand well and I’m passionate about,” Seelig said. “I know a lot of gamers.”

Seelig had previously worked full-time as a social worker at the Interfaith Hospitality Network, but he was spending his evenings buying and selling games in his spare time. Opening the business on Bechtle Avenue will allow him to focus on the business and offer something new for customers living in the area.

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“I can explain some of the games to them and give a more personal experience,” Seelig said.

Champion City Video Games is the second business to open in the shopping center in recent weeks. Jon Smith subs opened a few doors down at 1013 N. Bechtle Ave. earlier this month.

“We definitely wanted to be close by,” Seelig said. “Bechtle is growing and adding some new businesses to the area.”

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The biggest challenge for the store, he said, is customers can often buy the newest games online directly through their console. But he said customers also often want a personal interaction and to have a physical copy of the game in their hand. The store also sells vintage games that are becoming popular with many players.

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

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