FLORENCECS – Bigger isn’t always better, but in the world of superheroes, and for Florence’s galactic comics, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
“A very, very dramatic expansion. Our current location is 3,200 square feet of retail floor space, totaling approximately 4,000 square feet,” said owner Dale Poston. “We are coming into a nearly 18,000 square foot facility with a 14,200 square foot retail floor.”
“It’s a big move, it’s a really big move,” he said. But not very far, or even very far.
This location is conveniently located across the driveway from the former Salvation Army Thrift Store from Galactic’s current West Palmetto Street location.
“It will be the largest comic book store under one roof on the East Coast and the second largest in the country,” Poston said. “It will be a place of destination.”
The largest comic book store is located in Denver – Mile High Comics – and has 45,000 square feet of retail space.
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“Florence is located right in the middle of I-95 on the east coast and I-20 ends on the east coast. And we have an airport,” Poston said. “We ship nationwide.”
Galactic Comics has been around for about four years and this will be its third location and it follows the pattern – the second was bigger than the first.
“I’ve been a collector since I was 12. I started collecting at our local comic book shop here in Florence and just decided, I always dreamed of having my own comic book shop and a few years ago I had the opportunity to open one so I decided to open my store and run with it,” Poston said, all smiles. “I’ve come a long way in just a few of time.”
“If you can stand here, you’ll see this tan wall,” Poston said of an enclosed corner of the store. “I built it to mimic the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars. When you walk through that door there, you’ll be inside an 860 square foot Star Wars floor.
For Poston, the store and the move are two labors of love.
“It’s definitely something near and dear. I put a lot of blood and sweat and tears into it,” he said.
“My goal is to make it a destination store; whether you’re a collector or not, people will travel just to see what it is,” Poston said.