UPDATE: Open in Shepherd’s Bush for a month.
UPDATE 11am: London’s pop-up Pokmon Centre will open in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre from 18th October to 15th November, the Pokmon Company has now confirmed.
ORIGINAL STORY 10am: London is getting a pop-up Pokmon Centre, the franchise’s exclusive shopping destination.
Currently only open in Japan, the US and Singapore, Pokmon Centres are like Disney stores for the pocket monster phenomenon.
That is to say, they’re place you can buy acres of Pokmon merchandise – some of which is exclusive and can not be found elsewhere.
I’ve been to a couple of the stores in Tokyo – they’re bright, welcoming hubs for Pokmon fans of all ages. This one, thankfully, will be a lot closer to home.
The Pokmon Company has yet to detail exactly where the store will be – it’s still teasing a picture of Pikachu in a bowler hat on its Twitter account. But promotional pictures posted to GamePress this morning reveal the full image and a mock-up of what the store will look like.
Unfortunately, the image descriptions describe the store as simply a “pop-up” destination. This makes it sound similar to the temporary Pokmon Centre shop which opened in Paris a few years back and only stayed put for three weeks.
This year’s mainline Pokmon games Sword and Shield are set in the UK, of course – which is probably why the store is opening in the capital. We’ll update when we have firm word on when and where it will be open.