Rough Trade has announced plans to shut its NYC store.
In a statement on Facebook yesterday, record store chain Rough Trade announced that its flagship NYC store in Brooklyn would be closing after eight years.
Speaking about the decision, Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade co-owner said that the pandemic had given the team a chance to “rethink our approach, giving us the opportunity to reconsider how best to serve the rapidly increasing number of vinyl lovers in New York – that in spite of the adverse conditions surrounding the pandemic, demand for vinyl is positively booming.”
Godfroy also said that the store’s closure would allow Rough Trade to “freely respond to new opportunities”, and to become more accessible by “creatively reassessing the junction between online and offline interaction.” A new location is yet to be announced.
The current NYC store – a 10,000 square foot ex-warehouse located between Kent and Wythe on North 9th Street – was converted by Rough Trade using over a dozen shipping containers and opened late 2013 in response to the growing deficit of record stores in the city.
You can read the full press release from Rough Trade here.
Last year, a documentary about legendary Manhattan record store, Other Music, was released.