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Comox video store owner calls it a day

Comox Video's N More owner Jean Gibson has made the heart wrenching decision to close the business. The sell off began last Wednesday.

Along with past partner, David Brosz, and the original owners, John and Nina Bill, Gibson amassed one of the best movie collections in B.C. She could track down just about any movie out there to satisfy a single customer. To the best of her knowledge she had the widest selection of British TV anywhere, and her international section was second to none, covering every corner of the globe. She remembers paying $150 for a single copy of The Little Mermaid on VHS so as to be the only store in the Valley that had it.

Times have changed though. Everyone knows how to burn or download a movie. Netflix was just the beginning. Shaw on Demand took a chunk out of the industry. And now, easy access for every member of the family is available with Ipads. Gibson says she knows of people watching movies on cell phones. There really is no family movie night anymore. Gaming used to be a huge revenue stream at the store, but again, nearly everything is available through online downloading.

There are 20 years of stories at Video's N More. Births, deaths, marriages, divorces. Accolades for amazing successes such as a book being published, a movie role won, a coveted award in the local high school. Everyone came to the store to pass on their news.

Gibson thanks all her staff over the years, especially past manager Pat Lavoie, who for 20 years was a rock and knew more about movies than anyone, anywhere.

If you are a business looking for ground level space in Comox, Gibson has about 1,800 square feet for rent.

Red Carpet Consignment is staying.

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