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About Town: 901 Comics bounces back from pandemic
 
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The co-owners of 901 Comics, Jaime Wright (left) and Shannon Merritt, help customers check out on Aug. 28 at the shop’s Cordova location. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)
 

The co-owners of 901 Comics, Jaime Wright (left) and Shannon Merritt, help customers check out on Aug. 28 at the shop’s Cordova location. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Welcome to About Town, where we take a deeper dive into one neighborhood each week while also highlighting the latest news, developments and back stories from Memphis’ neighborhoods. This week’s focus: Midtown.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on businesses, especially in Memphis, is well-documented.

Many struggled and some went out of business altogether, whether it was due to lack of staff, supply shortages or other reasons. The story of 901 Comics is a little different.

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Daily Memphian reporter Rob Moore recently wrote a feature story on 901 Comics’ successes over the past year and a half.

For the full story: 901 Comics grew business throughout the pandemic

The Midtown-based comic store closed for two months at the pandemic’s onset in the spring of 2020. The store adjusted to its new reality and began offering services such as curbside pickup, which helped turn around its fortunes. 

That culminated in 901 Comics co-owner Shannon Merritt and his business partner, Jamie Wright, opening a second location in Cordova this summer.

Merritt and Wright credit their extensive knowledge of the industry to help them build a strong, loyal customer base since they opened their first location in 2016.

Even as the U.S. seemingly trends away from traditional brick-and-mortar stores toward online retail, 901 Comics has found a formula to not only fight that trend but build a stronger community.

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