Pat Thompson is the owner/operator of 8th Street Comics & Books in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Pat just recently moved into a new space, right next door to his old location, and has upgraded from 1000 sq ft to 2000 sq ft. As 2009 economy of Saskatchewan hasn’t seen the tribulations of Ontario, it’s great to hear about the growing comics community of the prairies. Besides, when was the last time you were in a comic book store that also sold magic tricks and costumes?
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Owner’s Name: Pat Thompson
Number of Employees: 7
Years in Business: 16
Physical Address: 1006 8th Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Telephone Number: 306-343-6624
How did you choose your store name?
Bought existing store.
What are you excited about for this coming year? What are your plans for the next 12 months?
We just moved into a new space. That’s pretty exciting. and twice as big. I now have expanded some of my secondary lines.
What has been one of the most rewarding parts of running your business?
What has been one of the biggest challenges?
Why are you a comics retailer?
Get rich, meet women. No, really I just really like retail.
Product Lines Carried: Comics, TPB’s, Magic Tricks, Costumes, Used Books, Magic The Gathering and I’m sure some others
What percentage of your business is comics compared to the peripherals of a ‘culture store’?
Pretty close to 45%
How important is the web to your business?
Not really important.
Do you participate in Free Comic Book Day?
Sure do. I go big & expect to go even bigger next year with the new, larger store.
What aspect of your store are you most proud?
Have the last few years of Hollywood film releases changed your customer base?
Nope. And I can’t see it making any difference in the future.
Graphic Novels have been a growth product for large bookstore chains, does this affect your customer base or business?
It must but I can’t see the effect. I carry more books and have a deeper selection of TPB’s, so often my customers return because of the selection.