SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — After 25 years of providing music to people’s ears, CD Warehouse is playing a different tune Monday night, that many might not want to hear: the store announced it’s going out of business.
KOLR10 met with long-time customers, who traveled across state lines, after learning the news.
As shoppers shuffled through albums Monday, some, like an Illinois man, spent hours finding hundreds of new tunes to add to his already impressive collection of 5,000. Meanwhile, a familiar face in the store, local musician Chris Dobbs, struggled to find music he doesn’t already own.
“I have pretty much all of their stuff,” Dobbs said, looking at some of his favorite artists.
And let’s not overlook TJ Marshall.
“My first CD here was Offspring Americana, that was the first CD I bought with my own money,” Marshall said. “That was birthday money, yeah. Which hindsight, being 20/20, I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to buy that album.”
Despite news of the store closing, Monday was no different.
“I’m just buying everything that I can get my hands on,” Marshall said.
All that, is what manager, and part owner, Michael Vincent, likes to hear.
“As you can imagine, it’s devastating for myself and our employees, but just having so many people tell us how much we meant to them, we feel the same way about them,” Vincent said.
Vincent says the push toward digital is a big reason for the close.
“There are a lot of people that love physical music and they’ve kept us going, but as the younger people come up, they’ve got no need for us,” Vincent said.
Unfortunately, even customers like Marshall, can’t keep the doors open.
“If you’re a little kid, and you spend $20 on a CD, you’re going to be forced to listen to the whole thing through, multiple times,” Marshall said.
Shoppers are now shuffling from other parts of the state, and farther, to remember musical moments turned memories.
“They opened about the same year I was born,” Marshall said.
The store expects to stay open for several months, to sell through its inventory, which is now on sale. Many shoppers are already worried about where they’ll go when the time comes. They told KOLR10, that no where within driving distance compares.