Published Mar 08, 2017Sam the Record Man's landmark Yonge & Dundas shop in downtown Toronto shut its doors in 2007, but the store's iconic neon sign has been fighting to make a comeback ever since. Ryerson University has now announced that the spinning records will finally light up once again this summer.
As previously reported, the school purchased the store in 2008 and demolished the building on the condition that the sign was preserved. As a result, the sign was put into storage until city council voted to reinstall it at a nearby location (277 Victoria St.) last year.
Work began on the sign last spring, and rumours pegged the refurbishment process to be over by last summer — though Ryerson didn't provide a concrete timeline for the restoration until today (March 8). After opening bids to companies, the university has selected Sunset Neon to install the mammoth light-up discs, and they expect the sign to be moved into its new home by this summer.
"We are very pleased to announce the iconic Sam the Record Man signs, with their spinning neon discs, will once again illuminate downtown Toronto," Ryerson president and vice-chancellor Mohamed Lachemi said in a statement. "We're very thankful to the City of Toronto and the Sniderman family for their ongoing support and patience."