A1 Comics becomes... A1 Toys

Glasgow retailer rebrands after toys takes over its business; Plans to open even more stores.
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A1 Comics has changed its name to A1 Toys. 

Although owner David Burns’ passion for comic books led him to establish the store 25 years ago, he has no regrets over swapping comics for toys on the front door.

“It’s just the way business has gone. It totally makes sense to change it,” he told ToyNews. “We’ve been trading as A1 Comics for 25 years, but now the comics part of the business has got so small in relation to the toys side of the business, we’ve took this opportunity to separate out the two parts.”

There are now three A1 Toys shops, with a dedicated comic store – called A1 Comics, of course – set to open in a month’s time. 

A1 Comics started selling toys 20 years ago, with products based on comic book characters like Batman, and the toy business gradually grew.

Burns explained: “Over the last five years we’ve got more and more mainstream, to the extent that we now stock everything from Fisher-Price to paddling pools. 

“I’d like to say we’re both Glasgow’s best comic book and toy shop.”

Burns estimates that comic book sales now represent less than five per cent of his total business.

The Toymaster member is now looking to expand A1 Toys further. 

“We’re planning to open another one, possibly two stores,” he added.

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