Iconic independent music chain, Amoeba Records, will not reopen their original store in Hollywood, Los Angeles after encountering financial difficulty amid the current coronavirus crisis.
The company, who recently launched a GoFundMe in a bid to survive, have confessed that the future looks bleak despite working on a new location.
The iconic store on the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga was forced to close its doors in mid-March amid a strict lockdown and, given the dire situation, it will not be opening its doors again.
In a statement, Jim Henderson, co-owner of Amoeba, said: “We are devastated for our run at this beautiful destination to end like this, but we simply have no choice.”
“The massive impact from the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of our iconic Hollywood location at 6400 Sunset Blvd. With no reasonably foreseeable opportunity to re-open in our current location, we are instead focusing on hopefully opening in the fall in our previously announced new home at 6200 Hollywood Blvd. This situation has been forced on all of us, and we feel this decision is the most responsible and practical one.
“This is heartbreaking for us. We never envisioned not being able to give the store the send-off it deserves, to give you all a chance to say goodbye. We had so many events planned to celebrate our history at 6400 Sunset! But we are facing too many mitigating circumstances that simply won’t allow for it.”
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