Dear In-Store Subscription Customers,
Due to the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home order in place in Maryland the immediate future is uncertain for many of us. Some are able to work from home, while others are not. Businesses that are deemed essential are open, while most others are temporarily closed. As you are probably aware, Beyond Comics is closed to customers for the foreseeable future. With no in-store income, this puts us in a tenuous position.
Most comic shops operate on a week-to-week basis financially, paying for the comics you order upon shipping to us, then getting reimbursed for that when you pick up your subscriptions. When the Stay-at-Home order was issued we had just received one of the largest and most expensive orders so far this year. This left us with limited resources to ride out the pandemic. As of this communication we are down to one employee working extremely limited hours in each of our locations, and only for vital and essential duties.
And so we wish to reach out to you for help. We have been taking mail order requests and filling what we can, but thus far this does not make up for lost income required for basic store needs. Many of you are planning to wait out the quarantine to get the comics you have on hold in your subscription – this is understandable. Some of you have very generously offered to pay for your comics now, to be picked up when this all blows over and we could not be more thankful for this. It is in this spirit that we ask for your help. If you are still employed or able, we ask that you consider reaching out to us to pay now for what comics we may be holding for you, either to be mailed to you, or to simply be held for the time being. This would provide us with the necessary income to keep the business functioning until we can re-open our doors to you.
If this is something you think you could do, please reach out to us. These are the hours that someone will be in-store to take your calls:
Friday: 10am to 4pm
Monday: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Fridays: 1 pm to 4 pm
Saturdays: Noon to 3 pm
Please make sure you let us know which store you shop at.
We thank you in advance for your ongoing support, generosity and any assistance you can offer. The Beyond Comics family wish the best to you and your families in this trying time – stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing you all when the stores are able to re-open and in the meantime possibly online as well.