The original partners, in addition to improving their London store, paired with James Hamilton and Kenny Penman (today the main shareholders in Forbidden Planet International with Andrew Oddie, Richard Boxall and Colin Campbell) to open other stores. Penman and Hamilton were owners of one of the UK's oldest comics and SF stores, Science Fiction Bookshop, in Edinburgh, which opened around 1975.
The original chain split into two firms, called Forbidden Planet and Forbidden Planet Scotland (later renamed Forbidden Planet International). Forbidden Planet International grew beyond Scotland to include stores throughout the Midlands, in Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and majority ownership of two stores in New York City.
Welcome to the forum Nomad, and thanks for the heads-up on the sale - I didn't know about that and might end up getting a couple of things.
Just as a heads up, be aware that Forbidden Planet are terrible at packing large items. Smaller stuff should be okay, but when I bought Legacy of Unicron a while back they just put it in a padded envelope to post to me, no card to protect it or anything. And of course it was destroyed by the postman. I complained and they sent me a new one... and did exactly the same thing!!
I nipped into Forbidden Planet London for the first time in ages today.
So did I! Well, not for the first time in ages, but I popped in circa 3pm. Had to go to London and back today for a meeting. (Knackered now.) Wanted to pick up some Marvel pocketbooks for my cousin's 13-year-old daughter for Christmas. She's mad on Avengers. Got her five pocketbooks, including Rocket Raccoon, which she'll love 'cos it's scary.