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Omaha comic store damaged by fire reopening at new location

Dragon's Lair owner Bob Gellner, stocking racks at the new location

Dragon’s Lair owner Bob Gellner, stocking racks at the new location

An Omaha, Nebraska, comic store damaged late last month in a fire will reopen Wednesday at a new location about seven blocks away.

The blaze broke out Feb. 23 at 8316 Blondo St., which had housed the main location of Dragon’s Lair Comics & Games since it opened in 1976, causing about $300,000 in damage to the two stores on the first floor and the five apartments upstairs. An estimated 40 percent to 60 percent of Dragon’s Lair’s inventory was damaged by smoke or water.

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Comics A.M. | Omaha store pledges to reopen after fire

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Retailing | The manager of Dragon’s Lair Comics & Games in Omaha, Nebraska, estimates 50 to 60 percent of their inventory was ruined by smoke and water after a fire broke out Sunday in the building that’s housed the store’s main location since 1976. Employees have been sorting through tens of thousands of comics to determine what can be salvaged while directing customers to the Dragon’s Lair store in the city’s Millard neighborhood. The hope is to use a store room next to the damaged building to begin offering limited services to customers — pull lists and special orders — as the retailer plans for what comes next. “We have every intention of reopening, here or elsewhere,” manager Craig Patterson said. “More than likely it will be elsewhere. And hopefully bigger and better than before.” [World-Herald]

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Omaha comics store suffers water, smoke damage in building fire

dragons lairA fire on Sunday caused about $300,000 in damage to a building in Omaha, Nebraska, that houses one of the two locations of Dragon’s Lair Comics & Games. According to the retailer, the store suffered “lots of water and smoke damage.”

The Omaha World-Herald reports the blaze at 8316 Blondo St. began about 10 a.m. in Treasure Mart Collectibles, operated by the building’s owner, and followed a pipe into the attic. No one in either of the stores or in the five apartments on the second floor was injured. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

The Dragon’s Lair Facebook page directs customers to the store’s location in the nearby Millard neighborhood while the Blondo Street shop is closed.

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Omaha comic store robbed at knife point … for ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! cards


Dragon’s Lair Comics & Games in Omaha, Nebraska, was robbed at knife point Monday morning by a man wearing a Darth Vader sweatshirt who demanded not cash, not rare comic books but Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. He made off with a box of the cards worth $150, and nothing else.

Owner Bob Gellner told WOWT News that the suspect asked the store clerk to show him specific cards, and then “he drew a knife, took the cards and ran.”

“I’ve had this business here for 35 years and this is the first time we’ve been robbed,” he continued. “We’ve been burglarized. We called the police and they caught them, but this is the first time we’ve been robbed.”

As of Monday night, no suspect had been found. No one was injured in the robbery, but as you can see in the video below, some the shop’s neighbors are plenty annoyed.

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