Thursday, September 29 2022

MANCHESTER – Local comic book store overwhelmed by pandemic and supplier issues is asking for help to avoid collapse.

A Hero’s Legacy Comics and Collectibles, located at 188 W. Middle Turnpike, has been in business since 2012, but is now trying to avoid a fatal blow.

“We have been hit hard by COVID, the economic downturn and the change in our hobby when it comes to suppliers. We’ve done our best to stay afloat, but unfortunately we’ve exhausted our means, ”owner April Policki recently wrote in a Facebook post.

The situation became particularly dire, Policki wrote, after the store had to prepay for the comics with money she wasn’t prepared to spend until February and won’t get back. before a while.

“At the end of the day, we have to find at least $ 6,000 in about 2 weeks or we won’t survive beyond the end of January,” Policki wrote.

Employee Scott Prentice, who ran the store counter recently, said the past two years have been tough and the store has not fully recovered from closures related to the pandemic in early 2020.

“There were quite a few people who just didn’t continue. They stayed away and didn’t come back, ”Prentice said.

Policki doesn’t let the store down without a fight. She created a GoFundMe fundraiser which this morning raised $ 6,700 through 107 donations.

“The influx of support we have received is simply astounding. Thank you very much for all your love, support, and donations of money and items. We will continue to fight. We still need your help but with you guys…. we can do it, ”a post on the store’s Facebook page said.

Policki had appealed for donated items the store can sell to raise funds as well.

Frequent customer Matthew Jenkins answered the call last week and donated a few items during his weekly stop at the store.

“It’s a very important place,” Jenkins said of A Hero’s Legacy. “They say the walls are awesome, I mean look at this place.”

Jenkins typically visits the store at least once a week, and has been since he became a customer in 2015.

“This store was the first one I took my children to. My daughter was maybe 5 at the time and she was talking about comics, and I said they had whole stores of it, ”Jenkins said.

She wanted to see one, of course, so he searched the stores on his phone and they ended up at A Hero’s Legacy.

“When we travel we visit the stores, but it’s always our weekly store, we always come back here,” Jenkins said.

He said the store is a welcoming place, where hanging out for a while is encouraged.

Prentice said if you don’t want to buy anything, at least stop to chat for a while. An upholstered chair sits right next to the door for this reason.

While you’re at it, you might find that other customers are top sellers. “Sometimes we sell comics, one customer recommends it to the other, and I didn’t have to do anything,” Prentice said.

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