Sound Exchange, a Tampa Bay area independent record store chain open since 1987, has announced that it will merge its Brandon and Pinellas Park stores into a 6,400 square foot building at the corner of 66th St. N. and 86th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. The new location will open at the beginning of October.
“Our Tampa store, which is roughly 5,000 square feet, has always been considered the ‘mothership’, having the largest selection of all our locations,” says Erin Stoy, Marketing Director. “The new store will allow us to offer customers the same depth of selection in Pinellas County that we have provided in Hillsborough County for decades.”
The new, larger location in Pinellas Park is in the midst of renovations. In late September, the Brandon store fixtures and inventory will be the first to move into the new space, followed by the current Pinellas Park store. “Having a larger location gives us more space for growth,” Stoy says. “The benefit to our customers is a much wider selection at the same low prices they’re used to.”
Members of the Brandon store staff have been offered jobs in the Tampa or new Pinellas Park locations. The existing Pinellas Park location in Park Plaza at Park Blvd. N. and 49th St. N. will stock close-outs and surplus product.
Jim Butcher and Ron Stoy, who started the Brandon store together in 1992, are both eager to spend semi-retirement in racing cars (Jim) and restoring vintage stereo equipment (Ron). Says Ron: “We thank our Brandon-area customers for 25 years of patronage and hope that you will venture to the Tampa or Pinellas Park stores in the near future.”
To welcome Brandon-area customers to other Sound Exchange locations, the company is offering people with Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Seffner, and Plant City addresses 10% off purchases at the Tampa and Pinellas Park stores, from September 15 until the end of 2017. Just show your driver’s license at the register for the discount.
All Sound Exchange stores will be in prime buying mode as the company gears up for the new store, offering customers cash or store credit for CDs, vinyl records, Blu-Rays, DVDs, tapes, video games, vintage stereo equipment, non-fiction books, collectible figures, and comics. Says Stoy: “Now is the perfect time to put some cash in your pocket by bringing these types of items to any Sound Exchange location as we work to fill up the new store.”
For more information about Sound Exchange in general, or for selling your entertainment media, please visit www.soundexchangetampabay.com.