Brighton’s Rounder Records has announced it is to close at the end of July after 46 years in business.
In a written statement they said:
“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, and 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 ”â as place to obtain, hear, find out about, discuss all types of the weird and 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.”
They will close their doors for the last time at 6pm on Sunday 29 July. You can read the full statement on their website here.
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