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Pokémon Centre to return in 2020

Written by Culture, Gaming

It has been announced that summer 2020 will see the extremely popular Pokémon Centre pop-up shop return to London.

It will be situated next to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships, the venue for which is the ExCeL London Centre.

Last year, the temporary shop was located in the Westfield shopping centre, also in London. It stayed open for four weeks and attracted over 30,000 visitors before closing on 15 November.

The shop’s appeal lies in the fact that it sells exclusive Pokémon merchandise. 2019 saw shoppers queuing outside the store for hours, in hope of eventually gaining entry. Many of the exclusive items sold out days before the store closed, leaving some fans still wanting.

It is unclear whether the store will sell the same goods next year, given that they sold out so quickly that many fans didn’t manage to make a purchase, or whether The Pokémon Company plans on introducing new products.

After the store closed, Pokémon fans started a petition to make the Pokémon Centre a permanent feature of Westfield. The Pokémon Company is yet to address the request, but reopening the store in 2020 has been regarded as a nod to its massive success.

The Pokémon World Championships are a tournament for lovers of video games, as well as the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Next year will mark the first-ever time the Championships are held in London. It is expected that they will be held in or around the month of August, as the 2019 Pokémon World Championships took place in Washington D.C., from 16 to 18 August.

Featured image credit: @ImRichTea (Twitter)

Last modified: 14th February 2020

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