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Brighton's Borderline Records closes doors for the last time
A record shop that has served music enthusiasts for more than 30 years has closed its doors for the last time.
Borderline Records, in Gardener Street, Brighton, which opened in 1981, shut up shop yesterday as owners Dave Minns and Sian Davis, both 64, took the needle off the vinyl and retired.
Mr Minns said: “It is time for us to move on.
“We are going to take some time out and do some other things - but hopefully still stay involved with music and sell off our stock online.”
It is understood that the record shop will be replaced by a coffee shop called Bluebird.
Mr Minns said they have watched the area change and the image of bohemian Brighton begin the shift towards London Road and North Laine, leaving the town centre more focused on larger businesses catering to day trippers.
He said: “While it is still a fantastic city, the old vibe has moved away.”
Mr Minns added they were also facing declining business due to the increase in business rates and because of the trend of people buying online.
He said independent shops selling specialist items, such as vinyl records, have been feeling particularly squeezed.
Borderline appeared in the 2009 film Last Shop Standing which documented the disappearance of more than 2,000 independent record shops in Britain.
According to figures in 2009, there were just 169 left.
Mr Minns has worked in the area since 1964 and has assured friends that he will still be around.
He added he had countless fond memories of the shop, recalling meeting bands such as Primal Scream and Oasis who came in to browse the racks.
Mr Minns added: “I would also like to say thanks to all our customers and their support over the last 30 years.”
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