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Thread #95324   Message #1852949
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Oct-06 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Tower Records - to be liquidated (and rise again)
Subject: RE: Tower Records - to be liquidated
The original Watt Avenue store in Sacramento was remodeled about ten or fifteen years ago. It has a separate, soundproof room for "adult" music (classical and pop vocals - folk is with the teenager music, and it's not a good selection), and a wonderful bookstore two doors down. Besides, there's a Hofbrau in the shopping center that has a great pastrami sandwich, and pretty good prices on draft beer.
The Broadway store in Sacramento has all kinds of music in the same room, but the folk section has been very weak in the last ten years. When the Broadway store was at its best, the music playing was stuff that would be of interest to most customers - I was introduced to Stan Rogers and Loreena McKennitt by CD's I heard in that Tower Records store.
The Fisherman's Wharf branch of Tower Records in San Francisco has a separate building for classical music, and it's the nicest classical music store I've ever seen - I think the Hollywood store also has a separate building for classical music.
Looks like it's all over for Tower. I has been sold to a liquidation firm, not to a company that wants to keep the stores open. The closing sales for Tower begin today.