Rounder Records to close
Yesterday we received some sad news. One of the few remaining decent record stores in the South East outside of London is set to close after nearly 50 years. Today (10.7.12) the story has gained national media coverage but here is the official statement from Brighton’s Rounder Records:
“It is with huge regret and sadness that we have to announce that we are closing down. We will shut our doors at 6pm on Sunday 29th July after 46 years of being a record shop in Brighton Square.
What we have always strived to do is to stock the best range of music at the best prices for our customers – sadly that is not enough for us to stay open.
We are closing because we can’t make it add up any more. We are a business that has been decimated by downloads (both legal and illegal), VAT avoidance by the big online retailers, a double dip recession, & the decline of the high street. Our lease has ended and we have nowhere to go.
We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all our customers over the years, and hope that we have managed to provide you with some special and great music throughout this time. That’s why we have been here – as place to obtain, hear, find out about, discuss all types of the weird & wonderful world of music, to be a social hub for a musical city, a place where future bands are born, where record labels are started, where local bands can stock their first release, where you can get tickets for gigs, where there’s something playing on the shop stereo that might be your new favourite band. Sadly, in 2012, this is just not financially viable.
Our sale continues, with 40% off all DVDs, 30% off all CDs, and 20% off all vinyl.
Tickets- if you have booked tickets with us for collection, please try and collect them before we close. If that’s not possible, be assured that we will pass your tickets on to the relevant promoter for collection on the night of the gig.
If you have Sale or Return stock placed with us, you need to come and collect it.
Promoters – if we haven’t had the chance to talk to you yet, please pop in or give us a call.
Steve & all the Rounder staff”
Story in The Independent
Story on the NME website