Robert “Bobby” James “knew what he wanted to do” while he was still a Florida DOC corrections officer, he explains, so he started “buying, buying and buying.” Eventually he knew he would open a store with all those video games, movies and accessories for gamers old and new. And that’s just what he did last month, on Aug. 29; he opened “Retro 2 New Video Games and More” at 2403 B Hwy 71 in Marianna (next to Fastlane Computers). The store sells new and used items. The shelves are full and the store was busy with customers when the TIMES paid a visit Friday.
“We have anything from old school Atari to the newer systems,” Bobby said. “We have DVDs and Blu-Rays too.” Bobby came to this area from South Florida in 1989; he is married to Ceilia James, the co-owner of Marianna Title Services on Madison Street. He is retired from DOC after 20 years. He gets a lot of advice, the TIMES is sure, from their daughter Alyson who just started attending Marianna High School as a ninth-grader. She was at the shop Friday afternoon.
Mr. James actually is not that much of a gamer himself, he says. “But I saw 16-year-olds making a fortune on E-Bay so I knew the market was there. We have a lot of support on our Facebook page and at this point, we’ve gotten really good feedback; the business looks promising.” All their new items are posted at Facebook daily. He reports that the movie rental business is all but dead due to Netflix, the Redbox (movie-vending machines) and Wii. So the movies at Retro are for sale only. Ditto with music CD’s, he said; virtually all consumer music these days is being downloaded electronically on computers. “You’ll have trouble getting $1 for a used CD.”
Retro Gaming buys and sells used video consoles. The Scotts Ferry Plaza store is open 10-8 Monday through Saturday and 11-6 on Sunday. For more info, call Bobby at 850-209-5603 or Allan Russ at 850-544-7429.
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