Star Clipper Announced Closing In The Loop

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Star Clipper, the region’s premier independent retailer of graphic novels, comics, and designer collectibles, has announced that they will be closing their doors for good next month after a 17-year run as one of the staple retailers on the Delmar Loop.

Stock photo.

Stock photo.

The closure was today on the web by co-owner A.J. Trujillo, who owns the store along with her husband Ben. “It is with great regret Ben and I must inform you that after more than a quarter century serving St. Louis, Star Clipper is closing its doors,” says Trujillo. “The personal and professional experience of managing Star Clipper has been the most important of our lives. We were lucky to inherit the legacy from wise people ahead of their time, grow with the medium, and love the job. But the time has come to bring Star Clipper to a natural conclusion.”

The closure comes as a surprise to the many loyal fans and shoppers of the store who have taken to social media to express their feelings in response to the announcement. “I gasped very dramatically,” says customer Michelle Volansky on Facebook. “So sad. I never thought this would happen.”

The store also announced that they will be liquidating all merchandise as of Jan. 17. All items will be 25 percent off starting on Saturday, with reasonable offers also being accepted for fixtures and other merchandise. Gift certificates and store credit will be honored through Feb. 10, 2015. The Fantasy Books, Inc. chain, which offers three metro area locations, will honor valid Star Clipper gift certificates beginning Feb. 10, 2015.

Stop by Star Clipper until their final day in business 7-days a week from 10am-8pm to give them a last nudge of support, a high five, and a “see you later.” The Loop and St. Louis will miss them!

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