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R&K Records eventually moved to 10 Barnby Gate, Newark in the late 80s. It was a much smaller shop to the St. Mark's Lane location but was at a time when CDs and Cassette singles were taking off so I guess a smaller premises was ideal. In the early-mid 90s R&K Records then moved to 8 Clinton Arms Court - back in St Mark's Place where Prides once traded and R&K Records began. Sadly, like most of the record shops on your website, R&K eventually closed down. Both Prides and R&K stocked records wider than the mainstream charts with welcoming and helpful staff. Although I was always a pop fan, I do remember they always managed to satisfy the rock and dance crowd whilst keeping the Top 40 customers happy with limited editions.


Newark is a small market town but had lots of record outlets in the 1980s....Prides/R&K, WH Smith (which was a Gallup chart return shop so always got interesting "free" stock from reps), Boots (where I bought my first single in 1980 - Abba Super Trouper), NSS (a newsagent with big 'out of chart' reductions, Tracks (mostly a video shop but also stocked vinyl), Woolworth, a Way Ahead Records market stall on a Saturday, and an occasional record fair at the Ram Hotel. Comment: Richard Murdoch


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Dave Harwood
20 Nov 2023 at 03:05
I found this advert in the 'Newark Advertiser' dated 18th September 1987: “R & K RECORDS (7 St. Mark's Place) - WE HAVE NOW MOVED TO 10 BARNBY GATE, NEWARK - SPECIAL OPENING OFFERS.”
… and this announcement in the 1st July 1994 edition: “R & K RECORDS ARE MOVING - UNIT 8, CLINTON ARMS COURT. 0636 702653 - OPENING FRIDAY 1st JULY.”

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