A RECORD shop is holding a closing down sale before it shuts its doors for good on Saturday, February 3.

Located just off Church Green East in Redditch, the Vintage Trax record shop returned to the town centre in September 2020, amidst the Covid pandemic, after six years on Birchfield Road, Headless Cross.

But despite the nationwide increase in sales of vinyl records, the past eight months have been challenging for the business that first appeared in Redditch with two pop-up shops in the Kingfisher Centre back in 2013. 

Shop owner Ros Sidaway said: “My bad fall at the end of May 2023 and subsequent time away from the shop to recover, rising overhead costs, the cost-of-living situation leading to a drop in footfall and sales, have all created a perfect storm that, try as I might, I can no longer navigate."

“However, this is not the end of Vintage Trax.

“I intend to continue much the same way I started just over 10 years ago with a mobile stall, pop-ups, events & festivals around the Hereford &Worcester, Warwickshire and South Birmingham areas. And in conjunction with several pubs, I’m developing “Pop Up The Pub” © – a flexible package either a stall plus music quiz or vinyl afternoon/evening, with a live act(s) or in the summer months, a music day or festival weekend.”

Vintage Trax will also continue to help raise awareness of and funds for its chosen charity, Cavell which supports the nursing and midwifery family through tough times.

Meanwhile, a closing down sale has begun with half price offers on quality preloved vinyl records, plus further discounts on music gifts and merchandise. The shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

People can keep up to date via the “Vintage Trax” Facebook page, “Vintage Trax Records Redditch” Facebook group, “vintagetrax redditch” on Instagram or “@VintageTrax” on X (formerly Twitter) or the website www.VintageTrax.co.uk