Brighton's Borderline Records closes doors for the last time

Borderline Records

Dave Minns of Borderline Records

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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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4:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

Business rates were hit with a 4.6% increase in 2011, a 5.6% increase in 2012 and you don't get actually get your bins emptied for this..join this increased parking charges and you can see why shops are struggling, too many in Brighton hanging on.

Dave & Sian congrats for making this long and wish you well in your retirement.
Business rates were hit with a 4.6% increase in 2011, a 5.6% increase in 2012 and you don't get actually get your bins emptied for this..join this increased parking charges and you can see why shops are struggling, too many in Brighton hanging on. Dave & Sian congrats for making this long and wish you well in your retirement. rogerthefish
  • Score: 56

7:23am Tue 25 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Shame. I always enjoyed popping in to pick up a gem. Have a great retirement.
Shame. I always enjoyed popping in to pick up a gem. Have a great retirement. HJarrs
  • Score: 30

7:56am Tue 25 Mar 14

salty_pete says...

Have a great retirement Dave. Might see you for a longer drink now in the Basketmakers.
Have a great retirement Dave. Might see you for a longer drink now in the Basketmakers. salty_pete
  • Score: 18

8:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

LB says...

Used to go and see the bands Dave put on down at the Concorde and I've still got my Lucky Lopez album that he produced - it gets listened to regularly.

Enjoy your retirement!
Used to go and see the bands Dave put on down at the Concorde and I've still got my Lucky Lopez album that he produced - it gets listened to regularly. Enjoy your retirement! LB
  • Score: 19

9:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

Take it Personally says...

Nooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooo!
Such a shame! Last of the great independents.
Dave and Sian you will be greatly missed! Thank you for a great shop over the years and best of luck in your new ventures.
Nooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooo! Such a shame! Last of the great independents. Dave and Sian you will be greatly missed! Thank you for a great shop over the years and best of luck in your new ventures. Take it Personally
  • Score: 23

9:57am Tue 25 Mar 14

cliff.smogo says...

Well this doesn't make any sense:

"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."

But they're in the North Laine. Great Argus reporting as usual.

(PS - I am yet to see London Road becoming in any way bohemian.)
Well this doesn't make any sense: "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." But they're in the North Laine. Great Argus reporting as usual. (PS - I am yet to see London Road becoming in any way bohemian.) cliff.smogo
  • Score: 26

10:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

Martha Gunn says...

Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment.

Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road?

Answers please.
Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment. Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road? Answers please. Martha Gunn
  • Score: -14

10:35am Tue 25 Mar 14

cliff.smogo says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment.

Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road?

Answers please.
North Laine is definitely singular; check the turquoise signs and this in Ju-Ju's window: http://4.bp.blogspot
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1010843.JPG

And it runs from North Street to Trafalgar Street: http://2.bp.blogspot
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[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment. Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road? Answers please.[/p][/quote]North Laine is definitely singular; check the turquoise signs and this in Ju-Ju's window: http://4.bp.blogspot .com/-vqaU2YtpZls/UM XryXp52WI/AAAAAAAADc I/PTe0FYWDoAs/s400/P 1010843.JPG And it runs from North Street to Trafalgar Street: http://2.bp.blogspot .com/-1td7r3UiEBI/UD LAt_5_RKI/AAAAAAAAFb 4/sA9hfJ3Ds2E/s1600/ north-laine-brighton -map.gif cliff.smogo
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment.

Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road?

Answers please.
Laine, old English as far a I underderstand, was/is an area of animal enclosures, it is singular as in North Laine etc, for obvious reasons there would only have been three of them around Brighton, unless your sheep are very strong swimmers.
When these words were in common use, Brighton would have been contained within East, West and North Streets, the Pavilion was built outside of the then Boundaries of Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Ah, time for geeks to gather round and comment. Do the North Laines (plural - weren't there five of them?) start north of North Street or only north of North Road? Answers please.[/p][/quote]Laine, old English as far a I underderstand, was/is an area of animal enclosures, it is singular as in North Laine etc, for obvious reasons there would only have been three of them around Brighton, unless your sheep are very strong swimmers. When these words were in common use, Brighton would have been contained within East, West and North Streets, the Pavilion was built outside of the then Boundaries of Brighton. Man of steel
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

That should only read understand, my is stuttering, I will replace it soon.
That should only read understand, my is stuttering, I will replace it soon. Man of steel
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

That's my keyboard is stuttering.
I give up.
That's my keyboard is stuttering. I give up. Man of steel
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

the old funker says...

This is such a shame as we Crate Diggers love a good rummage looking for a pre-loved gem and parting with our hard earned cash and still smile. I wish them all the best but I will miss this part of my visits to Brighton.
This is such a shame as we Crate Diggers love a good rummage looking for a pre-loved gem and parting with our hard earned cash and still smile. I wish them all the best but I will miss this part of my visits to Brighton. the old funker
  • Score: 11

12:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Brighton Bill says...

Really sad, another good shop gone, good luck on your retirement lads. Brighton Bill in Bradford West Yorkshire.j
Really sad, another good shop gone, good luck on your retirement lads. Brighton Bill in Bradford West Yorkshire.j Brighton Bill
  • Score: 6

12:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

BrighterStar says...

Shame, time moves on I know but does Brighton need another coffee shop?
Shame, time moves on I know but does Brighton need another coffee shop? BrighterStar
  • Score: 19

1:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

dweezil1968 says...

where is this Gardener Street the Argus speaks of? *sigh*
where is this Gardener Street the Argus speaks of? *sigh* dweezil1968
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Farouche says...

I'm pleased.
I'm pleased. Farouche
  • Score: -28

5:15pm Tue 25 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

BrighterStar wrote:
Shame, time moves on I know but does Brighton need another coffee shop?
As long as its not starbucks and other big chains I would use it as then at least I would know they don't dodge paying tax.
[quote][p][bold]BrighterStar[/bold] wrote: Shame, time moves on I know but does Brighton need another coffee shop?[/p][/quote]As long as its not starbucks and other big chains I would use it as then at least I would know they don't dodge paying tax. clubrob6
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Pebbles907 says...

Quote: Dave Minns :

“While it is still a fantastic city, the old vibe has moved away.”

and don't we all know it...Blackpool here we come! :-(
Quote: Dave Minns : “While it is still a fantastic city, the old vibe has moved away.” and don't we all know it...Blackpool here we come! :-( Pebbles907
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Tue 25 Mar 14

P.Dant says...

Sign of the times,but it was the best record shop around.You did well to hold out as long as you did,guys.
Sign of the times,but it was the best record shop around.You did well to hold out as long as you did,guys. P.Dant
  • Score: 9

10:25pm Tue 25 Mar 14

onerob says...

What a great shop. A Brighton institution. Sad to see it go, but inevitable I guess. I wish the best to the owners as they move on to do other things.
What a great shop. A Brighton institution. Sad to see it go, but inevitable I guess. I wish the best to the owners as they move on to do other things. onerob
  • Score: 3

10:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Take it Personally says...

Farouche wrote:
I'm pleased.
you're a cnut
[quote][p][bold]Farouche[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased.[/p][/quote]you're a cnut Take it Personally
  • Score: 14

10:43am Wed 26 Mar 14

Brighton Bill says...

Farouche wrote:
I'm pleased.
"Cretin" comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Farouche[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased.[/p][/quote]"Cretin" comes to mind. Brighton Bill
  • Score: 7

11:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

Dr Pork says...

Take it Personally wrote:
Farouche wrote:
I'm pleased.
you're a cnut
Just a sad troll - and not a particularly good one at that. Best to ignore them and starve them of the oxygen of a reply. But you're probably right about them being a see-you-next-tuesday
.
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farouche[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased.[/p][/quote]you're a cnut[/p][/quote]Just a sad troll - and not a particularly good one at that. Best to ignore them and starve them of the oxygen of a reply. But you're probably right about them being a see-you-next-tuesday . Dr Pork
  • Score: 2

7:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ghost bus driver says...

I just hope Wax factor doesn't go the same way. Shame the hippy chick isn't still there. (remember her?)
I just hope Wax factor doesn't go the same way. Shame the hippy chick isn't still there. (remember her?) ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

brightonbunny says...

Yes, it's a shame "our" Argus doesn't know how to spell the name of one its "local" street names. How can you be so passionate about being local when you don't even know your own back yard?
Yes, it's a shame "our" Argus doesn't know how to spell the name of one its "local" street names. How can you be so passionate about being local when you don't even know your own back yard? brightonbunny
  • Score: 0

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