Three times a charm, posting this...jeez, stupid computers...
This is really sad news, I heard from their site.
It's especially sad to me because I visit the store on a regular basis and have talked to Spencer, I know how much he loved his job and hope he and his family will make it through this tough time.
Part of this may be due to the downturn in the economy and the extra expense of opening the second store, but I know a big part of it is because of a Japanese supplier which basically ripped him off. A good portion of preordered Japanese products just never came, he tried his best to obtain them from different sources to fulfil everyone's orders, but it looks like the cost was just too much.
I hope the best for Spencer and his family in the future.
A small consolation to us local shoppers (but still sad for Spencer
), I hear rumor that a new store will be opening in the same location under new ownership in the near future. I don't know if there will be an online store or how true the rumor is but at least it gives us Lower Mainlanders hope of a good local source for comics and toys.
Maybe Spencer will still be able to work there.