World 1-1 Games Owner Rudy Ruiz is joined by City of Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, staff, Chamber Ambassadors and community members to cut the ceremonial ribbon!

We recently welcomed World 1-1 Games to the Chamber and helped them celebrate their relocation in to a larger space with a ribbon cutting!

Located at 379 Town Center East in Santa Maria, the store sells a variety of video games, cosplay items, clothing and more. “We’re a retro and a new video game store – we do a little bit of both,” explained Rudy Ruiz, owner of World 1-1 Games. “We also sell anime, cosplay merchandise and just a lot of pop culture stuff as well that’s very popular with the youth.”

Ruiz started World 1-1 Games as an online business after serving in the air force for 15 years. “I had a huge collection of video games and it was taking up so much room in my house, so we started selling them online,” Ruiz said. “We got to the point where we were selling 50+ items a day, and having to package and ship all those items became too much, so we decided to open up a store.”

With no background in business, Ruiz started small and grew the business over the years to what World 1-1 Games is today.

World 1-1 Games new location is upstairs in The New Santa Maria Town Center Mall near Macys. The larger space gives more room for video games, gaming accessories, and more!

While the store has been in Town Center Mall for over a year, they recently moved to a larger storefront to meet the needs of their growing inventory. “We’ve been really successful so far and our location now is over 3,000 square feet,” Ruiz said. “That’s pretty big for a mom and pop store like us. We’ve very happy to be here and excited about all the positive feedback the new location has gotten us.”

Ruiz says their new location, which is twice as large as their old one, is one of the best moves they ever made. He encourages everyone to come check out World 1-1 Games. “If you guys like cosplay, video games, just nerd stuff- come on down,” he said. “We have something for everyone and our inventory is always changing.”

We are thrilled to have World 1-1 Games as valued Chamber members, and excited for their new location! You can learn more about World 1-1 Games by visiting their store at 379 Town Center East, calling (805) 623-5134 or visiting their website at http://world1-1games.wixsite.com/gaming. Watch the video below to hear more about World 1-1 Games from owner Rudy Ruiz.