Iconic Comox video rental store closing
Comox Videos N More is closing.
Owner Jean Gibson has made the heart-wrenching decision. The selloff of assets is underway.
Jean, her past partner, David Brosz, and the original owners, John and Nina Bill, amassed one of the best movie collections in British Columbia. Jean could track down just about any movie out there to satisfy a single customer. As a result, all the customers benefited.
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 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, etc.
Jean 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.
Jean thanks all of her amazing staff over the years, especially past manager Pat Lavoie, who for 20 years was a rock and knew more about movies than anyone, anywhere.
The nuts and bolts of the selloff include, a silent auction for an original Robert Lundquist mural and movie promo items. Jean will be on hand to give pricing for racking, shelving, etc.
Candy and other items will be sold on a two-for-one basis. Bring a box (and patience) to help you load up. Debit and cash only. please.
Also, if you are a business looking for ground-level space in Comox, she has approximately 1,800 square feet for rent. And, yes, Red Carpet Consignment is staying.
— Videos N More