Landmark Aberdeen record store One Up will cease trading at the end of this month.
Located on Belmont Street, just off of the city’s main Union Street, One Up opened in 1979. In October 2012 it announced that it could be facing closure, with co-owner Fred Craig stating that “economics are the issue, sales have been steadily falling over the past few years and places like Fopp, Zavvi and Virgin have been closing along with the independent stores.”
A Save One Up Facebook page was swiftly launched, with artists and fans alike pledging their support to the cause, but despite this, the store announced its closure today. “It is with deep regret”, the One Up Facebook page currently reads, “that we have to announce a closing down sale. As you are all aware, recent trading has been very difficult. We cannot express just how much we have appreciated all the support our loyal customers have given over the years”.
“And we would like to thank all of our past and present staff for their amazing effort who made One Up what it was, we could not have done it without you. We will continue to trade till January 3 and will keep you updated.”
It marks a sad start to 2013 for music stores both large and small: it was revealed last night that high street chain HMV is to go into administration, putting around 4,500 jobs at risk, while Brooklyn’s famously sharp-tongued Dope Jams will close at the end of January. Last year saw the closure of two other notable UK stores in Brighton’s Rounder Records and North London’s Second Layer.