An independent Devon toy store has revealed it is shutting down, accusing competition from a national chain of “the last nail in the coffin”.
Super Heroes was opened in 2017 by comic book fans Lisa and Andrew Roberts.
The couple had been building the business since 2013 when it started as a stall at the Barnstaple Pannier Market.
Such was the growth of the business, that Andrew was able to quit his job as a nurse to focus on the store full time – only to move into their Boutport Street premises in downtown Barnstaple in January 2017.
However, yesterday Andrew announced that the store will close next month.
On the companies Facebook page, he said: “We are sorry to announce that we are having a closing sale for superheroes.
“We will be open until the end of February, maybe a little later to have the fittings etc.
“We have significantly reduced many items in the store, including music and LEGO minifigures.”
In his post, Andrew said the opening of national toy chain The Entertainer was the store’s “last nail in the coffin”.
He said: “We have had a great first year of trading at our current Boutport Street location, but not so well since then.
“The arrival of“ The Entertainer ”was the final nail in the coffin, so to speak.
“We would like to thank our loyal core customers for their help and support, but for some reason many who were visiting us have given up, and we cannot continue without local support, especially during the off-season. . “
The Entertainer, which has over 160 stores across the UK, opened a branch in Barnstaple in September 2018.
It replaced the old This Is It store on the city’s High Street.
Devon Live has reached out to The Entertainer for comment.