Following on from the success of the Bandai Namco Cross Store in Camden Market, which opened earlier this year, Bandai Namco Amusements Europe have now announced that an entirely new London store will be opening on 14th November 2023 at Victoria Place, with additional stores planned to open nationwide in the near future.
Opening on the 14th November 2023 at Victoria Place in London (1st Floor, 115 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SJ, UK to be exact), this new store will stock GASHAPON collectibles (toys from capsule machines that are acquired using tokens), Ichibankuji (prize draw items from various franchises) and Sun-Star Stationery (Japanese themed stationary items). Unlike the Cross Store in Camden Market this new location doesn’t look like it will have an Arcade, ONE PIECE Trading Card Game or have figures available to purchase; but it will still have a wide variety of products for fans of Japanese culture to enjoy.
The news of Bandai Namco opening another store in London, with plans to open more stores across the United Kingdom, is certainly exciting news for fans of anime and Japanese products. It also allows the UK anime community to embrace more Japanese content, something which John McKenzie MD of Bandai Namco Amusement Europe is keen to support.
“Once again, the ‘Bandai Namco Group’ are expanding their physical experiences outside of Japan allowing our well-known brands to embrace UK communities, celebrating more fun and collections which continue to build passionate fans. As Japanese culture becomes more loved in the UK market with food, art, anime, gaming and collectables, we continue to embrace this, listen to our fans and deliver rich products as we expand into further parts of the UK.”
The Bandai Namco Store in Victoria Place (London) is expected to open on 14th November 2023, but in the meantime the Bandai Namco Cross Store in Camden Market (London) is currently open. Regardless, if you are a fan of anime / Japanese products (which you should be if you are reading this) then it’s worth checking them out if you are visiting London.