Sounds Plus owner prepares to return after shop closure
A popular Bury St Edmunds music store will close its doors next month but one of its owners has plans to return with a traditional twist.
Sounds Plus, in Risbygate Street, will cease trading after 39 years on Saturday, August 11, after owners Pete Alexander and Stevie Grognet released a statement to customers saying that they had decided to end their lease rather than risk an ‘uncertain future’.
“We do well, it’s a popular shop and we get people coming in but it has been a difficult time for the high street businesses. Anything we earn is soaked up by the location and the overheads have made it impossible for us to continue as we are now,” said Pete.
“I know of a lot of other businesses which have struggled with the rise of the internet and we’ve seen so many others go before us. I don’t think it will be long before everyone has moved to other locations to be honest.”
Pete will now be going solo and has plans to open a new music shop at The Hunter Club, in St Andrew’s Street South ,just a week later on Saturday, August 18.
“It’ll be very much the same thing but on a smaller scale. I’m going to try and do it more like guitar shops were in the 1960s. It’ll be a lot more old school like they used to be with everything second hand and old rugs and band posters,” he said.
“Guitar shops have become quite commercial nowadays but traditionally they were more like little clubs where people would go to meet each other and play music. I want to try and get it back to that if I can.”
Pete also said he was feeling ‘optimistic’ about the location and future of the new store, which will operate under the Sounds Plus name and sell, buy and repair instruments.
“I’m really happy about it and I think I’m really lucky to be able to get a place down there because it has sort of become the musical hub in the town,” he said.
“It’s sad to close the shop just one year before its 40th birthday so, of cours,e there is that downside to it but things change.
“I’m going to try and look at this as a chance to do something a bit new and different so I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge.”