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Thread #95324   Message #1978274
Posted By: Joe Offer
24-Feb-07 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: Tower Records - to be liquidated (and rise again)
Subject: RE: Tower Records - to rise again
I drive by the old Tower Records location on Broadway in Sacramento every week or two, and it's sad to see it empty. A couple of weeks ago, somebody put a big, red-and-yellow banner on the store. The banner reads:-addressing 81-yr-old Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in his father's drugstore in the Tower Theater building across the street from the Broadway store.

On February 17, Russ Solomon signed a five-year lease for the old Broadway store, which had been a Tower Records store for 40 years. Solomon will start paying rent in March, and intends to open a record store at the location in April. The working name for the new store is "Resurrection Records," but that may change. I suppose it can't be Tower Records, and that's a shame - the store is the center of what's called the Tower District in Sacramento, named after the theater and the record store. Solomon plans to open one or two stores in Sacramento - nothing more.

I'm hoping for a funky, interesting store like Tower Records used to be, before it went "corporate" in the 1990's and dropped its folk music section down to almost nothing. I wish Mr. Solomon the best of luck. He's had a wonderful reputation, both as a generous employer and as a member of the community in Sacramento.