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On Glasgow’s style mile, where units regularly change hands or sit sadly empty, one retailer has stood the test of time by providing a window into the wonderful world of science fiction and fantasy.

Forbidden Planet is a beloved part of many Glasgow childhoods having outlived most of its neighbors since it opened in the city center decades ago.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Kevin O’Donnell, Group Retail Director

Pictured: Kevin O’Donnell, Group Retail Director (Image: newsquest)

Kevin O’Donnell, Group Retail Director, has witnessed all of this during his 30 years of working with the company in Glasgow.

He said: “The comic book community is now basically a part of everyday life thanks to all the recent television and film adaptations.

“It’s completely different since I started.

“When we opened, comics were really just for geeks, weren’t they?

“Before, you felt uncomfortable taking a comic on the bus.

“Now they have become such an important part of our lives and our culture.”

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The Sauchiehall Street hypermarket, which opened in 2019, is an Aladdin’s cave of pop culture treasures, regularly hosting meet-and-greets with some of the biggest names in the industry, completely free of charge.

For many though, Forbidden Planet will forever be synonymous with a quirky little shop offering a haven for comic book lovers, gamers and collectors amidst the tourist traps of Buchanan Street.

When news of a permanent move to the expanded store broke in May this year, a touching wave of emotion began on social media as past and present regulars lamented the “end of ‘a period “.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore at Forbidden Planet this month

Glasgow Times: Pictured: The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore at Forbidden Planet this month

Pictured: The Walking Dead artist Tony Moore at Forbidden Planet this month (Image: newsquest)

Kevin said: “The response to our move has been absolutely phenomenal.

“Some of them were actually quite heartbreaking.

“One of our long-time clients was bursting into tears.

“He kept coming to Buchanan Street whenever he could, just to make one last trip.

“People grew up in this store and now a whole new generation is growing up in the one on Sauchiehall Street.

“Comics were our main living when we opened and they’re still a big part of what we do, but now we have an additional 6,000 square feet of space to play.”

It’s not just the people of Glasgow who have grown up with the store, but the staff too.

Kevin is one of the longest-serving members of the team, having worked his way up from part-time to Group Retail Director, a job that sees him working in Forbidden Planet stores in across the UK and as far as New York.

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Speaking about his own love for the store, he explained, “I always say it’s like a convention every day.

“There’s always something different coming up, whether it’s new stock or an event that will get people out of the house.

“Most of our employees are here because they love what we sell, and that enthusiasm shows.

“I love comics and toys and can unbox them every Monday before releasing them on Wednesday.

“We recently had an 11 year old boy who came in for the first time looking for a Pokemon comic and when I showed him our manga section he was completely blown away.

“If nothing else, getting a young boy to read a book is a masterstroke in itself.

“The industry has changed over the years and will continue to do so, but it’s all about the community.”

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For more information on Forbidden Planet, including an upcoming in-store event with Will Simpson, who has worked with Marvel and DC Comics as well as the Game of Thrones TV series, click here.