I got confirmation today that the two local card shops are closing this month: Blondie's Comics & Cards (open since 1975) and Clayton Sports Cards (probably open as long). Both store owners are retiring. I learned all this from the Yu-Gi-Oh community. They're looking for a place to host their 40-50 person weekly tournaments. Hmm... yeah, we can do that.
With all the game stores closing, sometimes I want to look over my shoulder to make sure I haven't run off the cliff like the coyote in the Road Runner cartoons.