The Sword & The Grail comics shop wants you to know heroes aren’t hard to find — they’re just moving west.
The downtown Asheville shop, the local destination for fans of comics, graphic novels and games the past four-and-a-half years, will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Then, owner Alex Brown and about 10 volunteers will box everything up, load it all into a 17-foot-long horse trailer and move out to the Leicester Crossing shopping center on New Leicester Highway. The new shop is slated to open Feb. 25.
The Sword & The Grail will be located inside the sprawling Virtual Ambush video-gaming lounge. “There’s a lot of crossover” between fans of video games and comic-shop customers, Brown said.
Moving out of downtown was initially a scary propositition, Brown said, but he’s grown comfortable with the change. “More buildings are getting replaced with expensive condos. I’m not sure where the future of downtown is going. The closer it gets to the move, the more ready I am to be away from downtown,” he said.
Until then, shoppers can find 20 percent off everything that’s not a new release at the comic shop’s Biltmore Avenue location.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor