New comics shop alert! Florida based Coliseum of Comics, which bills itself as the largest comics and collectibles retailer in the Southeast, is opening a sixth store this Saturday, May 3 in Tampa. The chain is headquartered in Orlando
Located at 19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., the new 2500 sq. foot outlet will be managed by Amjad Amer, formerly Assistant Manager at the chain’s Fashion Square Mall store. He was promoted under a manager-to-ownership program.
“This is the first store outside our immediate area, so we’re trying something innovative by GIVING AWAY a part of the store to the manager at no cost to him,” said Coliseum owner Phil Boyle in a statement. “We see this as a cornerstone to our expansion plans and intend to bring in more people in the next few years to groom them into their own stores.”
The opening is tied in to Free Comic Book Day, which Boyle sees as a great marketing opportunity. “With six stores in the chain, we’re finding new faces coming in every day, and Free Comic Book Day brings in the most new faces all year,” he said Boyle.
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