A popular comic book store in Newport city centre is moving to new premises at the beginning of the week.

Sin City Comics is set to take over the empty store next to WH Smith on Commercial Street and hopes to be open by Tuesday at the latest.

Store owner Shane Jordan told the Argus that the business had grown so much it needed to move into bigger premises.

He said he had originally wanted to move into the former Mothercare store but another business had beat him to it.

He said: "We will be moving over the weekend. We're going to close early on Saturday, even though we have four gaming tournaments booked in, and start packing everything up for the move."

He said he hoped to be open for business in the new premises on Monday but said it will be Tuesday at the latest.

Sin City Comics has had an interesting history since it opened for business in the city centre.

It's original premises were repeatedly targeted by thieves, so the owners decided to move into a store formerly occupied by a fashion chain.

But they have now outgrown that store and have made the decision to move again.

Sin City attracts people from across the region with its range of board games, RPGs and card games offered at its gaming area. Gamers can also bring along their own games.

Sin City Comics also sells comics, as you would expect.

Laura Austen, partner of Shane, said: "Comics are and will remain the heart of the business, but we now cater to a vast demographic.

“For example, we stock official Harry Potter jewellery - the charm bracelets are proving to be very popular.

“We also have the usual DC and Marvel items as well as a large range of gift ideas that range from Disney to anime.”

The store also takes part in Free Comic Book Day, which this year takes place on May 4.

Miss Austen said: “Staff sometimes have to convince you the comics are free.”

This year more than 50 titles are created especially for the event and each customer can have three each, no purchase necessary.

“We have comic industry legend Dylan Teague (illustrator for 2000AD and more) joining us as well as a cosplay gathering,” said Miss Austen.

“In addition, we will be raising money for the Special Care Baby Unit (Neonatal) at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

“We welcomed our first child into the world in December and he was premature. We couldn’t be more grateful for what they did for our son who is now very happy and healthy.”

Free Comic Book Day includes a day of activities as well as the free comics.

The store is also an official sponsor of GeekedFest Events, which runs comic conventions across South Wales.

For more information about Free Comic Book Day, visit freecomicbookday.com or for more about GeekedFest, visitgeekedfest.com.