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Inside a fantastic new comic book store in Grimsby

A popular comic book store in Grimsby has moved to a new location after nearly two decades in business.

Paul Berry, 47, has owned Starrider for 25 years and traded on Pasture Street for 18 years.

But it has now moved to 156 Victoria Street.

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It’s barely a minute from the old store and Paul is thrilled with his new store.

He told Grimsby Live: “We’ve moved into these new premises over the last fortnight. It’s been really good and most of our regular customers have found us fine.

“There has even been interest from new people. I appreciate the new store.

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Paul Berry has owned Starrider for 25 years and is delighted to have moved into new premises

“After so long at our old store, I felt like I was ready for something new. It was pretty hectic getting everything ready for the new store and I don’t think I had time to be sad. .

“I haven’t had time to be nostalgic but somehow I’m going to miss it.”

Inside the store you’ll find a replica Dalek from Doctor Who, a life-sized Jar Jar Binks figurine and even a £175 lightsaber.

There are also comics featuring Superman, Wolverine, and Moonknight.

You’ll find action figures with incredible detail for collectors from Star Wars, DC, Marvel and Star Trek to name a few.

Paul says he’s always had a passion for comics since childhood and was “inspired” to own his own store after going to a comic book store.



For most comic book shop fans, this shop is a heaven and a haven

He said: “I remember taking a day trip to Lincoln. There were a lot of sci-fi memorabilia and collectibles.

“I didn’t know these places existed until then and I thought it was ideal. You have to remember there was no internet back then and they were selling a lot of niche products .

“I started seeing more comic shops out of town and it made me think I’d like to do something similar in Grimsby one day.

“I left university in 1997 and wanted to create my own business and that’s exactly what I did.”

He told Grimsby Live: “You learn a lot over the years. It was a tough start and I made a lot of mistakes.



There’s even a life-size Star Wars Jar Jar Binks and a Doctor Who Dalek

“I was living at home at the time, so I was able to weather the storm because I didn’t have major expenses. If I had had a mortgage or anything like that, I don’t think I would. would have survived.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but we’ve done so long, which is fantastic.”

Paul had to follow the latest trends from Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, DC and even Squid Game.

He said: “It used to be an insult to be called a geek or a nerd 20 years ago, but now it’s almost something to be proud of and fashionable.

“But you have to be quick to follow trends. There are so many shows and movies on Netflix, Disney and Amazon.

“It’s almost overwhelming because there wasn’t much going on when I was there other than the few Batman movies and a few TV shows like Doctor Who.



There are fabulous comic books in store including Iron Man, Wolverine and many more

“Things had a longer lasting power like Star Wars coming out every three years, which engaged fans and got them hooked on the desperate.

“Squid Game was popular a month ago, but now it’s suddenly gone out of fashion and nobody seems interested anymore. There’s always something new on the horizon.

“When we get stocks, we just have to be aware of the trends and not overbuy with the things that are going.”

Paul says his biggest selling product is comics which are his “bread and butter”.

He told Grimsby Live: “We sell a bit of everything, including comics and action figures. Comics always sell well.

“I think the mistake I made when I started was being too focused and very narrow-minded about what I was going to sell.

“We just want to offer our customers a wide range of suitable items. But Star Wars and Marvel are still a mainstay and are selling well.

“Our Grimsby audience is always eager to push us forward and think of new ways to understand what they want and need.”

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