Greg Eide, who owned and operated the popular Downtown emporium Eide’s Entertainment, died Thursday. He was 69.

Eide opened the store in 1972. The Penn Avenue business over the decades, selling comics, music and pop culture ephemera and serving as a meeting point for various fan bases.

“It was his life,” said Jim Turoczy, a manager at the store who worked with Eide for over 40 years. “He put a lot of blood and sweat of his own into his business.”

Eide had no wife or kids, Turoczy said, but the people at Eide’s Entertainment served as his surrogate family. Eide had customers who were so loyal to the store that, even after moving away from Pittsburgh, they’d be sure to

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