Off the Record is closing. The record shop announced via Facebook that it would be closing its doors after 11 years of business in its North Park location (2912 University Ave.). Previously, it was located on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest since 1989, after opening in the College Area in 1978. For owner Curt Peterson, the decision came down to numbers.
"There was just not enough income and too many expenses," he says in a phone interview. "It just caught up with us. We bounced back when vinyl did, and did OK from 2010 to 2015, but our night business has pretty much dropped."
Off the Record will be open until May 1, and in its final week will be selling off inventory at 20 to 50 percent off. Once the closure is final, Peterson says he has no immediate future plans to start up a new venture.
"For me, I'm just going to take it easy for a while," he says. "Most employees I've had for a long time. It's an emotional thing for everyone. They've been through a lot."
As the local retail institution faces its final days after 38 years, Peterson has kind words for its clientele, who remained loyal despite the changing music retail economy.
"There's a good amount of still loyal customers," he says. "They're great. I just can't compete with online stuff. I just want to thank everyone who supported us over the years."