A statue of Rocket and Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie available at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics. Owner Tony Grove is moving the store to Keizer Village after 10 years at Creekside Shopping Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

A statue of Rocket and Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie available at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics. Owner Tony Grove is moving the store to Keizer Village after 10 years at Creekside Shopping Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s comic book and pop culture destination, Tony’s Kingdom of Comics, is moving locations.

The store is moving from its current spot at Creekside Shopping Center to 3856 River Road N., between Thai Lotus and Teriyaki Town in Keizer Village. The last day at the current location will be Saturday, Jan. 30. It will re-open Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Keizer Village and host a grand re-opening Saturday, Feb. 6.

Owner Tony Grove said the move was long in the making.

“The rent is pretty high and the landlords have worked with me pretty well, but not to the point where the shop can make it. There also hasn’t been a lot of push to fill up the empty spaces,” Grove said.

Starting with the closure of Blockbuster Video several years ago, the shopping center has since lost Radio Shack and the anchoring grocery store that was Albertsons and then, briefly, Haggen.

“The Haggen-Albertsons debacle was the last straw. My regular customers kept me going, but sales during the holidays tanked because no one was coming to the center. We have a lot of people who come in and look during the year, then come back during the holiday season. That didn’t happen this year,” Grove said.

Grove will be offering sales throughout the month to reduce inventory in anticipation of the move.

“It’s going to be a slightly smaller store, but it’s a thriving spot that will be full of other stores. People there are happy with it and the new landlord is improving several things on the property,” Grove said.

This is the 10th year in business for Grove.