A COMIC bookstore in Stretford is set to close as rising costs continue to weigh on businesses in the borough.
A branch of Wow Comix opened in Stretford Mall in December 2020, but struggled to make its mark due to a coronavirus lockdown soon after.
It reopened after lockdown and held Stretford’s first comic festival in October, but is now due to close on April 16.
According to an article on the store’s website, there were several reasons for the closure, such as an increase in business rates, staff costs and utility costs, combined with a drop in footfall at the Chester Road shopping centre. .
But Wow Comix also revealed it was not given notice of the now-approved demolition and redevelopment of the Stretford shopping centre, which it said risked further disruption to the store after an already inauspicious start to the city.
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The message read: “Under the circumstances, considering all of this, we have come to the conclusion that it is simply not worth staying at Stretford.”
Wow Comix has thanked its customers for their support during its roughly 16 months in Stretford.
The message added: “We would like to thank all of our customers for being such loyal supporters since we moved to Stretford. We are disappointed with the store closing, but we do not see this as the end of our business in the area, and we intend to reopen in another location as we find a suitable opportunity to do so.”
The store’s other branches remain in Bury and Stockport, with the company also set to open an office in Denton to successfully manage its online operations.