R.I.P.

19 10 2008

R.I.P., originally uploaded by sizzled.

From Wikipedia

Sam the Record Man is a Canadian record store chain that, at one time, was Canada’s largest music recording retailer, with 130 stores. The Internet age, the competition with the powerful HMV (HMV stores lowering prices in stores near Sam the Record Man locations) and other factors, forced the chain into bankruptcy on October 30, 2001, although its flagship location remained in business until 2007.

Two independent franchise stores, in the Ontario cities of Sarnia and Belleville, continue to bear the Sam the Record Man name.

On May 29, 2007, Jason and Bobby Sniderman announced that the iconic flagship store, on Toronto’s Yonge and Gould Streets, would close permanently on June 30, 2007.[7] They stated that “their decision reflects the increasing impact of technology on the record industry.”[7]

On May 30, 2007, supporters started a Facebook group to save the store’s neon spinning record signs titled “Save the Sam’s Sign!!!”; the group, and its attached online petition, garnered more than 18,000 members. [8] On June 14, 2007, it was announced that the sign, and the contents of the store would be auctioned-off by Benaco Sales on June 27. [9] However, on June 22, 2007, the Toronto city council voted in favour of designating the entire property as a heritage site, protecting the entire building, including the landmark signs.[2]The entire building was designated because the Ontario Heritage Act has no provisions to protect store signs.[2]

On January 18, 2008, Ryerson University officially acquired the property for future expansion of its nearby campus. [10] Signs in the windows now announce the former Sam’s store as the future location of Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre.

On October 4, the iconic Neon Signs were lit for the last time as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche festivities. As of October 8th the signs have been removed and the building awaits demolition.

The last remnants of the Sam the Record Man retail empire are the two franchise stores that remain open in Sarnia and Belleville.[1]

I purchased vinyl, cassettes, and cd’s from here during the time it was open. It always felt like the honest ed’s of music. Gone is another piece of Toronto history.

Sadface.

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