A BELOVED gaming store has shut its doors for the final time after 24 years of operation.

Virtual Games in Princess Square, Bracknell closed down on December 30 after failing to renew the business’ lease after trying for six months.

Angered residents have shown their support for the store by starting a petition to keep Virtual Games trading in the new year and by protesting the shop’s closure.

Virtual Games owner, Paul Kenwright, said: “This Christmas was our busiest ever and I am absolutely amazed that they have driven us out when I really thought that we were doing a good job.

“They offered me two units in the new town centre but they were far too small and were overpriced.”

The store posted an emotional farewell on Facebook, thanking its customers for the years of support and the message was met by many residents expressing their sadness at the closure.

The petition to keep Virtual Games running has gathered pace and has been signed almost 4000 people and Mr Kenwright was touched by the care shown by residents.

He added: “I am so touched by all of the support and care from everyone in Bracknell. When I told people on Facebook that I was shutting, I never expected people to react the way they did but the post has now reached more than 26,000 people.

“I want to thank everyone for all their support, both now and in the years gone by. The people of Bracknell have been incredible.”