Turns out they are allowing specialist games one night a month.
Lucky you. I tried asking when I was in my local yesterday. Nada. No SGs at all - not even one night a month.
Apparently, "Specialist Games don't need so much space, so you can usually play them at home".
I said something about not everyone will trust someone they don't know well to invite them, or be invited, to play games in a non-public location. No luck, of course, but I wasn't going to let it go that easily.
It's apparently perfectly legit to be around modelling, painting or talking with the guys, but not gaming. I'm left wondering if a dedicated attempt to raise the profile of SGs in the store could change that. Either way, considering a recruiting drive to find more players.