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My comic stores are closing July 26, 2011

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, news, north, south, west.
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***Since this post published, Comic Carnival East has closed. North is now the sole location.***

 

 

A couple weeks ago, I went to my Southside

South side store (closed)

comic store at US-31 by Southport Road because one of my friends told me that they were going out of business. I was quite shocked to hear this, since they seemed successful. I went in there and got 48 comics, each for $1. (Liquidation sales are great that way.) I then found out that while that store was successful, management was planning consolidation due to a rough economy, and that store had the most expensive rent, since it was in a Wal-Mart plaza. (Although the North side comic store is also in a Wal-Mart plaza, it has more staying power since it’s the main office.) But it was sad because now I don’t have a comic store near my internship! The Southside comic store was the one I would always hit up once a week after school since it was right down the road. Now that I’ve graduated, I probably wouldn’t be going down there too much anyway, but it was nice to have the option. It’s sad to see the store go. They closed June 18th, and last I heard, they even sold all of the fixtures. But it gets worse. The west side store at

West side store (closed)

West 38th Street & High School Road has just announced that it is closing as well. I went there more often than the Southside store, so I’ll definitely miss it. Rent out there is dirt-cheap and I heard when I was down South that the west side store is making money! But again, management wants to consolidate, and leave only the

North side store (active)

north and east side stores…although they may close the east side store as well. I went into the west side store and spent way too much… 57 comics for $57! And the west side store closed on July 17, one month later. But it’s sad to see my comic stores go.  As I said before, it’s nice to have the option to have comic stores in multiple areas. So next time I go down US-31 or West 38th Street, I’ll have one fewer thing to do. With those two gone, there are another two of the same company on the north and east side, three from another company (Castleton, far west side, and Downtown), one on South Meridian street, one on Prospect street, one in the Lawrence area, and one on

East side store (active in another location)

East Washington Street. It sounds like a lot, but the company that’s half-going out of business had the best service, pricing, and selection. I guess, as with Borders, major competitor Amazon is beating the comic stores. That’s print media for you!

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Mall Letter July 23, 2011

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I’d like to share with you all this AMAZING letter I got from the staff at Greenwood Park Mall. Enjoy!

-Kenny

Borders closing July 22, 2011

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It’s so sad…I heard last Wednesday night, July 17th, that ALL the Borders are closing. Apparently they have a lot of debt, and the bid to buy expired without a bidder. In Indianapolis, we had four: Keystone at the Crossing, downtown, US-31, and Castleton Square Mall. When Borders began downsizing earlier this year, downtown was the first to go, and it closed April 4th. I went there a few times when they began their liquidation sales. Unfortunately, graphic novels, the thing I usually go to Borders to buy, went quickly. One time, though, I went with my friends over Spring Break and got an X-Men graphic novel for $9, which is a pretty good deal. The downsize continued with the location at Keystone at the Crossing, which closed two months later in early June. This was particularly sad for me, because for me, this was the ORIGINAL Borders- the one I’d gone to since 4th grade. I went there a few times with my dad to get some good deals and to say goodbye to the place. I got a LOT of postcards (that ironically I never used since I write more than one postcard would allow) to send to my friends at camp, but most importantly, their graphic novels were 60% off…what a deal! And unlike Castleton, they didn’t sell fast. Now I can see why they’d close these two: the rent was insane. (Have you SEEN the downtown building? Gorgeous!) This left two, US-31 and Castleton Square Mall, open. Unfortunately, those two are heading the way of the others, thanks to this latest turn of events. There will be liquidation sales (possibly bigger sales since there will be no locations to receive whatever merchandise doesn’t sell) and all Borders will be closing by the end of September 2011. Very sad. I won’t have too many places in my usual hangout areas to just browse books and selections. Guess I’ll be hitting up both places for liquidation sales as soon as they’re announced!

Read the Goodbye from Borders CEO here. See the first liquidation flyer here.

WordPressed for time July 8, 2011

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Hey people!
You’ll notice I haven’t been on here much in the past few weeks. Also, I don’t have any posts that have been time-delayed either. Once again, I have been QUITE busy…and I need to catch up on sleep too. I have a couple of post topics in the works, so hopefully I can get them up this month.

-Kenny

Stories Posted! July 8, 2011

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Hey people!
I got two stories published! These are from my internship at the Southside Times:

This was on the back page: http://www.ss-times.com/2011/07/07/live-the-%E2%80%98civil-war%E2%80%99-at-hannah-house/

And this was on the FRONT PAGE!!!!: http://www.ss-times.com/2011/07/07/a-star-in-the-making-for-fair-week/

Happy reading!
-Kenny