Eastbourne town centre shop to reopen after two-and-a-half years

A shop in Eastbourne town centre is planning to reopen after temporarily closing two-and-a-half years ago.

Scorch Comics said it is having a ‘grand opening’ for its Grove Road shop on Saturday, July 16, from 12pm-5pm.

The comic book shop originally closed in December 2019 – although a Scorch Comics branch has been operating in The Beacon.

A spokesperson from the shop said, “We’ll be joined by a host of world-famous comic book artists, writers and all-day family art activities.

Scorch Comics in Terminus Road, Eastbourne

"We’ve not done one of these for a while, so it should be lots of fun.

“On the day you’ll get to chat to artists and writers and if you ask nicely, an original sketch from world-famous comic artists for free.

"It's basically going to be a mini comic-con in a shop, so don't miss out.”

The shop has urged customers to get in line early for the event.

Scorch Comics in Terminus Road, Eastbourne

Manager Samantha Mercer said, “The most rewarding part of having run a comic store all these years is seeing each new group of readers discover their first book, find the stories that mean something to them and nurture a love of reading and art appreciation.

"There’s never been a better time to pick up a comic book, graphic novel or manga. The stories and characters are limitless. As we’ve always said, comics aren’t just a genre, they’re a medium, and vital to our cultural wellbeing like music and film.”

The manager also praised the shop’s location.

She said, “Grove Road is regenerating a vital space in Eastbourne for the arts thanks to a balanced ecosystem of businesses and community and we’re excited to see it thriving after the pandemic.

Scorch Comics in Terminus Road, Eastbourne. Picture from FIGURESCAPE/Scorch Comics

"There’s a real sense of love for the area and we can’t wait to get involved once again.”

Scorch Comics said the new shop will host weekly in-store quizzes, art exhibitions and book launches.

The spokesperson added, “You’ll also be able to grab a coffee and take a quiet moment in our sunny private garden alongside our resident Dalek.

“Our store in the Beacon centre will be undergoing some changes too, with a stronger focus on families, young adult audiences, Pokemon, Manga and Anime, books and graphic novels.”