We’ve been talking about how the comics industry is doing well, and people seem to be making good on their business plans. But there are still cautionary tales. One such tale is Kaboom Test Labs, a two store chain located in Albuquerque, NM that abruptly closed shop this weekend. The main site has only a note that the owners were leaving New Mexico; a Facebook page where disappointed customers wondered what happened has been removed.
It’s all pretty mysterious, as the tipster who alerted me to this noted that the store was well liked, had a diverse staff and was building a good community, as a remaining FB page for other activities shows. Also the store had just about the best name ever.
Even stranger, the shop had just been the focus of a very positive story in the local news that made it sound like one of the good ones.
I emailed the owner but received no response. However digging around shows some financial difficulties in the recent past, enough to make shutting up shop and moving on a viable alternative.
Alas, sometimes all the good ideas in the world aren’t enough. Albuquerque is a tough economy, and opening a retail store is always a mix of planning and luck. We wish all those involved the best in getting things sorted out and hope that comics shoppers in Albuquerque can find another store to their liking.
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.