Lone Star Comics
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Longtime retailers Buddy and Judy Saunders have sold the remaining two locations in their Dallas-Fort Worth area Lone Star Comics chain, leaving them with the online store MyComicShop.com.
They announced in July that the locations in Mesquite, Hurst and Plano had been sold, and on Monday added the Fort Worth and flagship Arlington stores to the list. According to ICv2.com, the two locations are being purchased by longtime Lone Star employee Elaine Powell, her husband Les and their son Matthew at the end of the month. They’ll be renamed Wild West Comics & Games.
Elaine Powell has served as store manager and general manager during her time with the company; Les and Matthew helped to design and construct Lone Star locations over the past 25 years.
Buddy Saunders, who opened the Arlington store in 1977, said he, Judy and their son Conan will concentrate on the growing online business. Lone Star Comics previously also had locations in Dallas, South Arlington, Irving and Wichita Falls.
The longtime owners of Texas retail chain Lone Star Comics and online store MyComicShop.com have announced the sale of three of their five locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“The time is right for us to focus our attention on our online business, which grew out the mail order business I began in 1961, a time when there were virtually no comic book stores and no internet,” Buddy Saunders, who opened the Arlington store in 1977, said in a statement. “To that end, Judy and I found two talented businessmen who want to carry the stores forward in a way that we’ll continue to be proud of.”
Lone Star Comics Regional Manager Aaron Settle, who has worked for the chain for 17 years, will purchase the Mesquite store, while the Saunders’ friend Brent Erwin, a longtime fan and publisher, will buy the Hurst and Plano locations, which will operate under the name Collected: Hurst and Collect: Plano. Erwin already owns a store in Fort Worth called Collected.
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Retailing | Chris Powell, current general manager and chief relationship officer for Texas-based comic chain Lone Star Comics, has accepted the newly created position of executive director of business development for Diamond Comic Distributors. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund board member will start his new position in March. [ICv2]