Published Jul 06, 2010Alberta indie music store Megatunes, which has a single location in both Calgary and Edmonton, has announced that it will close its doors for good by the end of summer.
On Monday (July 5), Sarafina Kaine (a Calgary store manager) put a sign up in her shop's window advertising a 75-percent off closing sale on a number of items, not to mention the 25-percent sale already in effect on all regular stock.
"It's a sad reason to have a sale," Kaine told CBC. "Music is something that we love, and it's something that we're passionate about. It's something we support whole-heartedly."
Megatunes was opened in Calgary in 1988 by Mike Pleau, and a second store, in Edmonton, followed in 2003. Pleau died in 2008, but the business continued to run under the supervision of his widow.
The Megatunes stores have suffered from poor sales in recent years, despite their fervent support of Alberta artists and their eclectic selection of music on vinyl and CD. The stores also sold concert tickets.
"Every single person that works here is extremely knowledgeable about what they do. And the reasons we're so knowledgeable is because it's what we love," said Kaine, who has worked for five years at the Calgary branch.
To Alberta music fans - some Exclaim! writers included - the loss of Megatunes is sad indeed, as the stores have become the site of many musical memories. Michael Furley (a Megatunes customer since he bought his first metal album) is one of them.
"I'm sad. It's one of the best music stores. You can come here to find all the stuff that's very difficult to find or you can order it in," Furley told CBC, adding that he will likely turn to the Internet to buy his music. "I don't really like supporting commercial chains. I like the mom and pop sections of the city."
As of yet, closure dates for both Megatunes locations have not been announced.