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November 12, 2010

Calgary Store Closes Campus Location

According to an article in the University of Calgary student newspaper The Gauntlet, a comics shop called Words and Pictures is closing a location in the university's student center that it held for 20 years in order to consolidate stock and resources at its downtown location. In other news, CR has just learned that a comic shop called Words and Pictures actually had a comics shop right in a university's student center for 20 years, which is something I'd never heard of before. The fact that this is an astounding place to have a comics shop -- when this place opened, I was going to school in the Blue Ridge Mountains 85 minutes from a comics store -- makes extra distressing the news communicated in the article that economic woes and general disinterest by the on-line focused college crowd are contributing factors to the move. Although, now that I think of it, this not only makes some logical sense but actually buttresses something I've been hearing in anecdotal from comic shop owners the last few years, that for some of them there is no longer as noticeable a bounce in retail traffic when the local university is in session.
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