The Kreuzberg vinyl emporium is being forced to close.

Berlin record shop The Record Loft, one of the city’s best-loved destinations for vinyl diggers, looks set to shut down after having its lease was terminated.

The Record Loft’s official Facebook page announced a “critical situation”, saying the landlord had given “dubious reasons” for terminating the lease.

Owner Christian Pannenborg added on Facebook: “I am crying as I write this but the landlord has cancelled our lease for the Record Loft and it doesnt [sic] look like he can change his mind.”

Record Loft is located off Adalbertstraße in the heart of Kreuzberg, on the frontline of one of the city’s most rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods. Opened in 2013, it has become central to the city’s music scene, offering one of the best selections of second-hand dance music from across the spectrum and hosting a number of legendary yard parties.

FACT visited Record Loft in 2014, shortly after the store opened, to find out about Pannenborg’s plans to grow the business slowly. “I want to keep the vibe and stay natural and not to have the pressure to all of a sudden have to professionalise, and get anonymous – I want to have a relationship with every customer,” he said.

On the same trip, Braiden rummaged through the crates for FACT TV to see what gems he could unearth – watch below. [via The Vinyl Factory]

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