Independent Records & Video picks up the needle in its longtime home on Platte Avenue and moves to Academy Boulevard.
The Colorado Springs store, one of the last remaining independent music retailers in town, will be located at 195 N. Academy Blvd., southeast of Academy and Bijou Streets, from its main building and adjacent 3030 and 3020 E annexes starting Monday. move .plate. Independent Records had opened on record 43 years ago.
Owner Orville Lambert said he expected to complete the move by Tuesday. For part of Monday and Tuesday, Independent Records can operate from both the Platte and Academy locations; The Platte location will be closed until Wednesday, he said.
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The move includes the transport of goods and other items from the main building on Platte to the academy location about 1.6 km away. The annex closed a few months ago.
Founded in 1978 by Lambert and his brother Lewis, Independent Records sells music on CDs, vinyl albums and cassettes; It also sells DVDs, video games, books, clothing, and smoking accessories.
Independent Records’ move comes after selling its Platte Avenue building in April for $ 1.5 million to a limited liability company founded by Big Splash Car Wash, a Denver-based company. Big Splash plans to demolish the structures and develop a car wash on the property.
Independent Records has been looking for a new home since the property was sold. Orville Lambert had said he wanted the store to stay in the same central part of town.
The Academy Boulevard location, which Independent Records will rent, has been home to a used car dealer and pawn shop for several years. The property, Lambert said, has good visibility and access, and thousands of cars drive past the academy every day.
The property also has excellent on-site parking, which is important as Independent Records buys used goods and its customers need space to start up, park and unload their vehicles, he said.
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The interior of the new location has been redesigned and its exterior has been painted bright yellow, with a front entrance trimmed in red – colors to match those of Independent Records’ Platte Avenue location.
Independent Records will be approximately 6,000 square feet in its new Academy location compared to 8,200 square feet on Platte Avenue.
Despite the smaller space, Independent Records has worked out a plan to customize its merchandise and the business will remain unchanged after the move, Lambert said.
“We think it’s a pretty strong location,” he said of the academy’s location. “The building is on the side, so it looks bigger than it really is. Some people tell us it’s a better location.”
Lambert has admitted that he and Lewis got into financial trouble over another business he didn’t want to talk about.
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These difficulties led them to downsize operations and sell the Platte Avenue property, which provided them much-needed funding.
At one time, Independent Records had up to seven front range locations; now all are closed except for one store in Pueblo and the Platte Avenue-Academy Boulevard location.
“Things haven’t been good for us, but we’re moving to have a location here and a location in Pueblo,” said Lambert. “And we look forward to being in this new room.”
Meanwhile, Big Splash Car Wash is hoping to begin demolishing the Independent Records building in the spring, said Claire Cunningham, co-owner of the car wash with her husband Jason.
They hope to open Big Splash by the end of 2022, she said. Big Splash opened its first Colorado Springs location at 5760 N. Academy a year ago.