More than 200,000 12-inch vinyl records and about 350,000 seven-inch singles have sat inside the closed PDQ Records and Tapes store since it closed in 2010.
But now the store, at 2432 N. Dodge Blvd., has reopened under its original owner, Jack Grossi, who first opened it 30 years ago, said Duane Miller, manager of PDQ.
Grossi, who owns the building, sold the store in 2005. The new owners were struggling and couldn’t make it work, which turned into a “mortgage situation,” bringing the building back into Grossi’s hands, Miller said.
Since the store’s inventory — a collection of records that took 30 years to acquire — was left in the building, Grossi decided to open the store again, and rehired Miller, who had previously worked there from 1994 to 2005.
“There seems to be an uptick in interest in vinyl records, so we’re hoping we can make it fly,” Miller said.
In the first six months of this year, 4 million vinyl albums were sold in the U.S., which is 40 percent higher than in the same period last year, reported Nielsen SoundScan, which measures point-of-sale of recorded music products.
“So far, we’re doing good,” Miller said. “The doors were closed for four years, so there’s a lot of interest now. We’re hoping we can sustain it.”
Although PDQ sells tapes and CDs, its main seller is used vinyl records, Miller said. It carries all styles of music, from rock to R&B to international, but classic rock seems to be the most popular, he said.
PDQ buys albums from its customers for trade credit or cash.
Store hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The store’s phone number is 881-2681.
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