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Kingston comic book store survives COVID lockdowns, break-in, and now truck crash

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WATCH: Mark Fardella, owner of SBT Comics in the city's west end says this year was the worst year imaginable as a small business owner. – Jul 2, 2021

The owner of a Kingston, Ont., comic book store has had another stroke of bad luck this week.

“So far it’s been probably the worst year imaginable for a small business owner, between the three shut-downs, the break-in, and now the truck. It’s been tiring,” said Mark Fardella, owner of SBT Comics.

On June 30th a truck drove right into the store, nearly running over Fardella, and a FedEx delivery driver.

Read more: Truck crashes into Kingston, Ont. comic book store: police

“I came in to make a simple FedEx delivery to Mark and he’s such a nice guy, I took a couple of minutes to talk to him. That couple of minutes probably saved our lives,” explained Pat Arenburg, the FedEx delivery driver.

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“My thoughts initially were ‘that is some guy flying around the parking lot.’ We heard squealing tires, so I was just irritated initially, and I don’t even know how…,” added Fardella.

The men say they dove out of the way just in time. Fardella came out without a scratch and Arenburg, who is taking a leave of absence from work, sustained minor injuries.

According to Kingston police, the driver of the truck, a man in his 60s, lost control of the vehicle. There are no charges pending at this time.

“Just… happy to be alive,” said Arenburg.

Fardella says that while the clean-up has been tricky, community support has been plentiful. “Every time there’s a shut-down, you know the break-in, the truck accident, the community pulls together and supports us incredibly well and it just means the world to us,” he said.

Read more: ‘We help each other when somebody is in trouble’: Kingston comic book store owner after break-in

“We wouldn’t have survived any of those things had people not decided they want us to survive them,” he added.

While there isn’t a GoFundMe page up and Fardella isn’t asking for donations, Arenburg says that there is one thing that people can do to continue to support STB Comics.

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“Come out and support Mark, he needs it. He’s been through some pretty rough times,” said Arenburg.

STB Comics is located at 749 Bayridge Dr. Since the break-in on New Year’s, the entrance is around the back of the store.

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