One year after HMV closed its Boston store, a family-run shop in the town continues to help music-lovers add to their record collection.
On Friday, March 21, 2013, HMV’s Pescod Square store closed its doors for the final time yet in April shoppers can enjoy a happier milestone as the independent Never Mind The Music Store, in Church Street, Boston, turns 13 years old and continues to flourish.
Owner Gareth Skinner, 46, said the personal touch has helped give the business such longevity.
He said: “You have got to get to know your customers. It’s an awful word to say ‘customers’. A lot of people are friends. I have been to weddings, I have been to stag dos.”
Mr Skinner said since HMV closed, weekly takings have risen by £500 to £600.
He said one of the advantages of buying records at a shop, as opposed to online, is through the process of browsing the shelves you find artists you may have forgotten about.
In addition, fellow customers may introduce you to artists that are unknown to you, he said.
He said: “The customers create sales among themselves. People chat.
“It’s just a feel-good situation.”