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(May 28, 2015) I remember the Maidstone branch well, it was a popular meeting place. Comment: Andrew Sargent.

Wendy Carter: “Gooses Records was no 122, next door to Singers, opposite WH Smith. It was one of the first shops in the Whitgift Centre and there were still builders there when we opened. I worked there from day one and managed it after Bernard Brown left and worked with my good friend Jane. It was the 2nd biggest self service record shop after HMV in Oxford St. I left in 1972. Those were the days! Loved it.”


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Remember it well, bought my first LP there, T.Rex's Electric Warrior.
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Jeremy Isaac
(2018)

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I remember getting all my new albums of favourite bands at your store on the day they were released. I would be there on the dot opening time. If I remember rightly this included many Genesis albums. I think the lamb lies down, Rod Stewart every picture, Rory Gallagher deuce to name but a few. How many years did it stay open for?
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Jill Kilderry
(2020)


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I remember Gooses from back in the day. I used to work in a restaurant in the Whitgift Centre, so, being a diehard music fan (still am), used to visit, browse and shop there. I remember that Croydon was very well served by record shops at the time (not sure what the situation is now as I haven't been back to my original hometown for yonks.
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Nigel Reigate
(2021)

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Bought my first T Rex album 'Electric Warrior' there in '71.
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Jeremy Isaac
(2022)

https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results/1950-01-01/1999-12-31?basicsearch=%22gooses%20record%20centre%22&exactsearch=false&retrievecountrycounts=false


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Dave Harwood
03 Aug 2023 at 09:39
A search of the British Newspaper Archive website found an advert for Gooses Record Centre that shows the Croydon branch was still open in September 1973:
"GOOSE'S RECORD CENTRES presently at Norwich, Maidstone, Croydon and Bath are expanding into the West Midlands with STAFFORD, BIRMINGHAM and WORCESTER. We urgently need first rate MANAGER or MANAGERESS aged 22-35 for the first of these new stores at the MOUNT STREET SHOPPING CENTRE STAFFORD where we are opening a Record and Tape Centre in November."
(Staffordshire Sentinel, 15th September 1973)

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