Musicroom will be permanently closing six of its seven stores at the end of next month and directing its focus towards online sales.
The announcement came yesterday (20 February), in a press statement from leading sheet music publisher and distributor Hal Leonard Europe.
The six high-street stores set to close are based in Edinburgh, Exeter, Lincoln, Salisbury, Stratford and York. Concessions in the Dublin music store, McCullough Pigott will also be permanently closed.
The only one of the UK and Ireland branches to remain open is the Musicroom flagship store, located on London’s iconic Denmark Street.
Discussing the decision, Tom Venvell, the brand’s Managing Director said (via Music Industries Association):
“Our decision to restructure in this way has been very difficult. However, with sales and profitability impacted by challenging market conditions, and costs continuing to rise, we need to make these changes.”
He continued: “Our focus now is on supporting affected teams and serving our customers through this period. We look forward to working with partners and suppliers as we grow Musicroom in new ways, and ensure our products continue to be part of every music-making journey.”
Leading up to the store closures, a range of promotions will be launched this week, offering discounts to be used both in-store and online. These discounts will be available up until 31 March, the date on which the stores set to close will cease trading.
Last week (14 February), it was announced that renowned UK guitar shop Mansons is also set to close its doors permanently. The Exeter-based store was open for over three decades and had supplied guitars to artists including Matt Belamy and Dave Grohl.