An independent record store has announced it will close after 46 years in Brighton.

Rounder Records in Brighton Square, Brighton has announced it will close its doors for the last time at the end of this month.

In a statement, the record store said the business could no longer continue in a battle against illegal downloaders, big online retailers and the recession.

It said: "We are closing because we can't make it add up any more. We are a business that has been decimated by downloads (both legal and illegal), VAT avoidance by the big online retailers, a double dip recession, & the decline of the high street.

"Our lease has ended and we have nowhere to go.

"We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all our customers over the years, and hope that we have managed to provide you with some special and great music throughout this time.

"That's why we have been here – as place to obtain, hear, find out about, discuss all types of the weird & wonderful world of music, to be a social hub for a musical city, a place where future bands are born, where record labels are started, where local bands can stock their first release, where you can get tickets for gigs, where there's something playing on the shop stereo that might be your new favourite band.

"Sadly, in 2012, this is just not financially viable."

The store will close at 6pm on Sunday July 29.

For more details see today’s Argus.

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