During the '80s and early '90s, comic shops proliferated under the speculative bubble and with the growth of the direct market. When the speculative bubble popped, many comic shops went out of business. Some held on and lasted through the '90s but shut down as comic book readership numbers went down.
The thought crossed my mind the other day. I remembered what 2 comic shops in my area became. One was in a downtown area. It was in prime real estate (intersection of 2 major roads, the heart of downtown). It ended up becoming a Starbucks/bookstore combo store, part of a larger effort to revitalize the downtown. The other was in a strip mall anchored by a hardware store and between a drive-thruless Dairy Queen and a hobby shop (for train hobbyists and the like). It became a beauty salon. I figured to ask others, what did comic shops in your area turn into once they closed?
(There seems to be no good forum for this question specifically, so I posted it here since the mission statement of this forum seems the closest to the question's subject matter)