While New York City is home to a lineup of great comics shops that make it one of the biggest comics markets in the US, several small bumps have hit the store community of late. There was an ownership change at Cosmic Comics; a fire at St Marks Comics; and Forbidden Planet, long a staple of the busy Union Square retailer district, is looking for a larger space. EV Grieve was the first to spot a real estate listing for FP’s 13th and Broadway location, but manager Jeff Ayers said it was in order to expand:
Actually, we’re just testing the waters, trying to possibly find a new, bigger (yet local!) space for the shop. We need to expand and can no longer do so in this space.
As much as I like this corner we’re just outgrowing this location. Thanks for the support and the interest. We’re stickin’ around.
Local Beat spies report that a “For Rent” sign is up on the store, so a move looks definite.
Upon our inquiry, Ayers clarified a bit: FP is considering a move, but a new tenant must be found first in order for them to move. So the “For Rent” sign is exploratory.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.