Kilwinning Comic shop: Alan’s dream of opening a shop comes true

Alan McCubbin of ARDROSSAN has fulfilled his dream of opening his own comic book and memorabilia shop.

After quitting his job at Amazon in Greenock, Alan decided it was now or never for him to open a collectibles store.

He tried desperately to find a property in his home town or in Saltcoats, but when he heard of a unit on the high street of Kilwinning he jumped on it.

Now, three weeks after opening, he’s confident he made the right decision and doesn’t think he’ll be returning to work in the warehouse anytime soon.

AIM Emporium sells comic books, Funko Pops, comic and movie action figures, Harry Potter and Star Wars memorabilia and Alan’s true passion, trading cards.

This serious collector has over 30,000 in his own personal collection and Alan hopes others will enjoy collecting as well.

“I’ve been collecting trading cards for over 30 years,” Alan said.

“I have an extensive collection of trading cards and will be bringing some to the store to sell as more and more people ask me about them.”

Since opening, Alan has been inundated with memorabilia-loving moviegoers as well as those youngsters who want to spend their pocket money on the latest craze like Hatchimals and Hot Wheels.

“I’m thrilled that so many young people are into movies and shows and comics, it’s great to see them come in and have a look and then ask about memories, you can tell they want to collect everything they can.”

Alan can’t imagine going back to working for Amazon anytime soon.

He said: “I loved my job at Amazon you work hard but it’s a good job and I know I can always come back to this life but I decided I had to try something and thanks to my brother Ian, I realized it was now or never.

“I used to go to comic conventions but now it’s great to have my own house here in Ayrshire and people can come in and have a look. My brother and I both collect cards and it’s been great to take our hobby to the next level with AIM Emporium and talk to collectors who come to share this hobby.

“I still can’t believe I have my own shop, it would be great to have events over the weekend and for school children when they return they might even have a mini convention here in Kilwinning one day, now that would be fantastic fun.

Daniel K. Denny