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Wednesday, September 13, 2023 

Connecticut specialty store closing

CT Insider informs that another comic specialty store, located in Manchester, is closing:
A longtime hub for comic book and superhero fans alike, A Hero's Legacy Comics & Collectibles will close Sept. 30 after almost 11 years in business.

"Everybody is coming in expressing heartfelt thanks for keeping the store open," owner April Policki said. "Some feel lost. They don't know where to go because it's been their home for so long. It's very humbling when they express how much it's meant to them. You don't realize the impact sometimes."

Policki said the closure is due to the aftereffects of the COVID pandemic as well as a distributor change.

"A lot of shoppers didn't feel comfortable coming out,"
Policki said about running a business during the pandemic. "DC (Comics) went with another distributor. Getting used to a new company, there was billing issues, the supply chain was difficult. It's hard dealing with multiple shipping dates and billing issues."
I honestly wonder how it is some store managements may not be used to dealing with different distribution services, like ordinary commercial book stores are. All these years, they never tried? If not, that's surely a serious weakness. The article also tells something fishy from a political perspective.
Policki said that being a female shop owner made women more comfortable coming to the shop, and that the store is known as a safe zone.

She said that there are two businesses on the same street that are also female-owned, and she estimated that 40 percent of her customers were female, and that they ranged from 4 to 80.
Well it's great to have plenty of female customers, but what do they mean by safe zone? That comics stores run by men aren't? Please. This is just more ludicrous allusions to woke ideology, and entirely unnecessary for running a store. Besides, would they feel comfortable if transsexual men came about and wanted to use the women's bathroom?

That said, it's a shame when a specialty store closes, because it only points to where things are headed sooner or later with the whole medium as it is.

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