Toxic Ranch owner Bill Sassenberger was ready to do business online only until he found the new space,

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

The folks at Toxic Ranch Records are calling it a New Year’s miracle: The store, a downtown fixture for more than 22 years, has a new home.

On New Year’s Eve, which was to be one of its last days in business at 424 E. Sixth St., manager Shane Muldowney announced that the record store had signed a lease for a storefront spot east of downtown. He said it is set to reopen at the new place — 2030 E. Broadway, Suite 113 —  on Jan. 15.

The move comes roughly seven months after Toxic Ranch was told last summer that it would have to vacate the building by year’s end. The building is owned by Caruso’s Italian Restaurant.

Muldowney said owners found the East Broadway space a day or two after Christmas and signed the lease on Monday.

“We’ve been looking at potential spaces for a couple months now. It’s always been in the back of our mind since we got the news of the eviction but nothing was coming together downtown,” Muldowney said late this week, in the middle of packing up the store’s collection of vinyl records, CDs and T-shirts. “This deal literally came down at the last minute.”

Toxic Ranch Records is owned by Bill Sassenberger, who has been in business for 25 years all told. When he was told he would have to move, Sassenberger had said that he wasn’t opposed to doing the business completely online.

In addition to selling music and memorabilia, Toxic Ranch hosted in-store performances by local artists including one on New Year’s Eve with Lenguas Largas, The Resonars and Discos. 

Muldowney said shows would likely to continue the shows at the new store if space is available.

Toxic Ranch will remain open downtown through Monday. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and from noon to 6 p.m. Monday. Hours at the new location will be from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.  Follow the store on Facebook ( for updates on the move.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.