While waiting for some exhaust work on my car, I walked over to my local FLGS. They were packing up inside; it had closed for good the day before. It was really no surprise to me.
They were certainly friendly. Always a "Hello" and a "Can I help you find anything?" when I walked in. Always willing to chat. However, there was no practical benefit. No one who worked there ever knew a thing about any of the Euro games they carried.
They were certainly local--only 3 miles from me. So if I ever had a strange termite incident mere hours before a game day, I suppose I could run up and grab a replacement for my half-eaten game. But at their prices, I could order individual games from Germany (with shipping included) and pay less. Compare Shadows Over Camelot locally at $60 to online just over $30. Now multiply this by 10 games, and you get a $300 difference. Easily worth the 2-3 day wait.
They certainly sold Euro games, but focused on CCG's and miniatures. I've never seen anyone buying--or even looking at--the Euro game shelf. You can argue that this is not their fault, but I say it is.
Any business has to make a living. You have products, and you sell them. My FLGS also charged you for playing there. I don't know how typical this is. What's the incentive for anyone to buy or learn about Euro games in a place like this? They don't know anything about the games they sell. The only games being played there are CCG's, and it's usually a table full of immature kids.
Say I'm a Euro newbie. I walk in to a store like this. I see a copy of Ticket to Ride for $55. I know nothing about it. The owner knows nothing about it. If I want to sit and play it, it costs me $5/hour. There's no one to teach me.
I hope it's different in your area
I dream of a store with wall-to-wall Euros, with owners who I would recognize from BGG, with tables full of mature gamers playing for free (because they buy all their games there, and the prices are reasonable). It's a place where you can learn games.
Do these places exist?