Comic book cafe could be heading to Nottingham city centre

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A former Nottingham loan shop could be turned into the city’s first comic book-themed café.

Former Aspley security guard Liam Bradford, 25, has submitted a planning application to set up his first business, in a bid to convert the former site of Everyday Loans, at the top of Maid Marian Way.

Mr Bradford said the shop it is in the "perfect location" for his new business as it is close to the city centre.

The shop, over two floors, has been vacant for around a year and Mr Bradford left his job to set up his own business. He will be working with friend Nicki Chatwin, who is a barista at Costa Coffee in Nottingham Train Station.

“The shop is basically going to be a small coffee shop selling comic books. We’re mad on comic books and we wanted somewhere where you can have a coffee, chill out and read a book and unwind a little bit,” Mr Bradford said.

If the planning application is successful, Mr Bradford says he hopes to open the shop, called Point Nemo Coffee and Comic Books, by November.

It is believed it will be the first comic book-themed café in the city, but there is a similar business already in Newark, called Wild Ways Book Store and Gaming Café.

There is also a comic book shop in Market Street, called Page 45, which has run for 22 years.

Mr Bradford added: “I can’t wait for it to be underway – I’m so excited about the idea of doing something I am very, very passionate about.

“There will be different types of coffees – we hope to have guest coffees on and will try to branch out and find rare and unique coffees with various comics.

“We’ll also have pastries and various cakes.”

Mr Bradford says he hopes the shop will host "cosplay days" and signings from comic book artists.

Cosplay days, he says, are "comic book conventions" where fans “dress up as their favourite characters and take on their mannerisms”.

Mr Bradford says two or three jobs could be created and the shop could have its own delivery service – or use well-known takeaway service Deliveroo.

Jonathan Rigby, co-owner of Page 45, said: “I’m not entirely sure on the concept of paper and liquid products altogether – it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

“As with any business and anyone setting one up, usually they know what they are doing. Good luck to them.”

Letting agency FHP Living is managing the property on behalf of the landlord, and Oliver Marshall, a surveyor at the firm, added: “The building is at the top of Maid Marion Way underneath the hotel. The space is currently vacant and is the space of former shop Everyday Loans.

“It is a nice property with two floors, with a nice little upstairs area.”