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Ground Zero Comics moves into former Mansfield Wool Centre

Posted onPosted on 23rd Jun

Newly-relocated Ground Zero Comic Shop in Mansfield is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday, 24th June, at 6 Toothill Lane, taking over the space once occupied by Mansfield Wool Centre.

Ground Zero owner Richard Reynolds said he was excited about the relocation across the road, following the closure of the wool centre in December 2021, and hoped his business would grow and expand in its new home.

Richard, who has acquired the new shop lease, waited for a year whilst planning permission was granted for appropriate internal works to bring the shop up to date, while retaining the integrity of the grade II listed building.

“I’ve been waiting to expand my business and offer a pleasant environment, where my loyal customer base can come and browse and enjoy the experience,” he said. “This new location and facility fits my future aspirations and vision as I look forward to continuing serving the community and ensuring they are supported in their passion, reading classic comic titles and books, and purchasing quality merchandise.”

The transition of ownership of the lease of the shop at Brunts Chambers was witnessed by landlords Brunts Charity, including its chief executive, Paul Williams, and administrative executive Maria Jowett.

Paul said: “Brunts Charity, its trustees and staff are committed to supporting our local community. This was the aspirations of our founder, Samuel Brunts, back in 1711 and as custodians we continue his legacy where income derived from rental of our retail properties goes towards supporting our core charitable objectives, which is assisting our elderly community in Mansfield and district.”

Also at the changeover was Lynn Hunt,  owner of the Mansfield Wool Centre when she closed the doors in December 2021 after 15 successful years at 6 Toothill Lane.

She decided to hang up her knitting needles up and retire after providing local people and visitors with a variety of woollen products, knitting supplies, and expert advice.

“The one thing I miss is the people and the banter we all enjoyed,” she said. “I have fond memories and these shall remain with me forever.

“I hope the public continue to support our local independent retail so that the town can grow and prosper together; in particular going forward to Richard in his new shop, where I had many happy years.

“I’ve now finally handed over the keys and know my old shop is in safe hands.”

Pictured at the handing over of the shop keys are, from left Paul Williams, Lynn Hunt, Richard Reynolds and Maria Jowett. Brunts Charity also presented Lynn with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her being a model retail tenant over the last 12 years.