In our ongoing coverage of shops commenting on the state of the market for 2017, we told you about Mission Comics and Art in San Francisco having a $72K sales dip in 2017. That’s not a good number and Mission owner Leef Smith got a little more blunt about it’s implications yesterday.
Mission: Comics is in SERIOUS danger of having to close!
Sales in 2017 dropped by about 17% or about $72,000!
I’ve been sharing some of the details on the website at http://www.missioncomicsandart.com/
If you want to see the store survive PLEASE come to this meeting to help figure out next steps!
Mission Comics and Art is having an “Emergency Community Meeting” on Sunday at 6PM to discuss possible next steps.
This is not without precedent in San Francisco. Back in 2015, the science fiction bookstore, Borderland Books, was considering closing. They had a similar sort of town hall with their alarmed customers and it was decided the store would sell a sponsorship program, rather than close. 300 people signed up and disaster was averted. Then in the Fall, 49 of those patrons arranged to lend the store $1.9 million so a new building could be purchased. Which is a helluva way to not have any more lease problems, though that may be a different set of circumstances.
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