MUSIC fans in Aberdeen were dealt a second devastating blow today with the announcement that One Up records - the city’s last surviving independent music store - is to close its doors at the end of the month.
• Aberdeen record store One Up to close at end of month
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The shop in Belmont Street, which has been trading since 1979, will close on 31 January.
Last year a major online campaign was launched in a bid to persuade the owners to keep trading after One Up Records announced plans to close if business failed to pick up. But today One Up announced the decision to close in a message posted on the store’s Facebook page.
The store stated: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce a closing down sale. As you are all aware, recent trading has been very difficult. We cannot express just how much we have appreciated all the support our loyal customers have given over the years. And we would like to thank all of our past and present staff for their amazing effort who made One Up what it was, we could not have done it without you. We will continue to trade until 31 January.”
Raymond Bird, the co-owner of the store, said: “We were kind of hoping HMV would have gone last year when it was first rumoured but the major record companies kept bailing them out and chucking loads of CDs at them to keep them going.
“But we were already too far down the road for today’s announcement about HMV to make any difference to us. I can’t see there being a long term future in the business.”
He blamed the massive upsurge in the online market for CDs for the demise of the popular independent store. Said Mr Bird: “It’s a totally unfair market as far as I’m concerned and there is no point in trying to continue to compete.
“We have been on the slide for quite a few years since the introduction of the internet. Ten years ago, in addition to ourselves and HMV, there was Fopp, the Other Record Shop, Virgin, Chalmers and Joy and Thistle TV and after we close there will be no independent record stores left in Aberdeen.
“It’s a sad day. I feel sorry for the public. Last year when we said we were struggling a bit the response from the public was fantastic. It’s a shame but our decision to close was inevitable.”