Comics retailer Lee Hester has announced the closure of his Mountain View, Calif. comic store Lee's Comics. On Monday Hester announced that he was closing for three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the following day he amended his statement saying "we are closed for good."
"I have some sad news, friends of Lee's Comics. We tried, but we will be unable to re-open in the future as we had hoped. That means, effective immediately, Lee's Comics is no more," Hester said in a newsletter to customers. "We are closed for good. We will not be getting any more new comics and graphic novels."
Hester launched Lee's Comics in 1982, and at one time had locations in Palo Alto and San Manteo. With the closure of his last retail store, Hester plans to keep his eBay store open and does plan on being a vendor at nearby regional conventions.
"We are currently contacting subscribers to see if they want us to send out their comics and graphic novels that are waiting for them in the files," Hester continued. "We will send items out to subscribers that get in touch with us by Friday March 20th. We will not be offering pick-up service, only mail order, as our hours here will not be regular."