Nottingham’s very last classical record store has been forced to close after 30 years after struggling to compete with online competition.Classical CD, based on Goose Gate, Hockley, opened in 1987 but will close next month.
Richard Gibson, founder of the shop, said it can’t cope with customers downloading music online.
Richard, 74, said: “The collecting people of my generation want the actual product but the younger generation just don’t have the same attitude.
“Also classical music is very much for people over a certain age. If I go to a concert hall I feel young compared to the average age of the audience.”
Although the shop will close, the customers will be able to order records from the shop’s wesbite.
And Tom Barkes, manager of the shop, said “there’s still life in the classical CD yet”.
“People still want a solid product for the things they value the most,” he said.
“What we will be able to do is order anything people ask for and we’ll use the same email address, the same website.
“For the things they [customers] value they want something they can have and hold rather than something that will possibly disappear at the press of a wrong button.”
Alan Chapman, from Leicester, has been a regular customer since the 1990s.
He said he will be sad when the record shop closes.
“To not have that expectation of coming to Nottingham from Leicester, and having no record store to go to, will be sad.
“You can’t just go online and browse in an online shop. This place, you’ll find bargains by chance. That’s what you’re after. By chance. And you’ll find some pearls.
“Online’s just not the same. So I’ll be sad to see the doors close for the last time.”
While Rachel Yardley, a part-time worker at the shop, says young people are not exposed to classical music by their parents.
“It’s not just for old people, it’s not just for posh people. It really is for everybody Young kids should have access to it and pick up instruments and hold the instruments.
“It’s a really good way of instilling discipline. You can’t get more of a team sport than playing in an orchestra or vocal group choirs. Things like that are really good for learning.”
The shop is expected to close in July and customers will get 20 per cent off if they spend more than £50.