Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis has suggested that the brand could open new stores in the UK.
Speaking to The Independent today, Travis – who opened the first Rough Trade store on Portobello Road in 1978, as well as the now-separately run Rough Trade record label – explains that he “believe[s] in a tactile relationship with a musical product. That means physical music. It’s a big reason why there’s been such a revival in vinyl”, and claims that the increasing issues for high street music chains – most notably, of late, HMV – increases the need for independent record stores.
“There is a need for something, we feel”, Travis explains. “It would be great to do that in some other UK towns. It would be fantastic to have a store in Manchester and more around the UK. It’s possible we could open more, if people want that.” He does, however, go on to state that ” it’s better if people who have local knowledge in their own community do that.”
In 2007, Rough Trade opened a new store off Brick Lane (following the closure of their Covent Garden store), and Travis claims in this interview that the company’s latest venture, a store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, should be open within the next six months. You can read the full piece here.