An Iconic Nashville Business Is Closing Its Doors
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One of Nashville’s most iconic businesses is closing its doors in the spring.
The late country music star Ernest Tubb first opened the Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Nashville’s Commerce Street in 1947. The Shop moved to a location on lower Broadway in 1951.
That lower Broadway location has served as the Shop’s home for over 70 years. Sadly, the Shop and the business itself are being sold soon.
On March 11, Honky Tonk Circus, LLC, ETRS, LLC, and David McCormick Company, Inc. released a statement on the Shop’s social media accounts announcing its upcoming closure:
“It’s with great sadness that we share the news that the Ernest Tubb Record Shop — building and business — will be sold,” the statement opened.
The statement indicated that “changes in circumstances” led to the decision to close and sell the Shop:
“Our goal has always been to protect, promote and preserve the great history of the record shop and building. That desire remains as strong today as ever,” the statement read. “However, due to changes in circumstances out of our control, it’s now clear the best way forward is to sell the business and the real estate.”
The statement said those behind the Shop “are heartbroken” to be closing it:
“We are heartbroken that the store, which has existed in its current location in the heart of lower Broadway since 1951, will close this Spring,” the statement continued. “Preserving the history and tradition of country music remains at the forefront of everything we do. We remain committed to preservation work and look forward to new projects that will allow us to continue to protect and nurture the invaluable history and tradition of country music.”
The Shop did not announce an exact date of closure. Read the full statement below.
Get additional details about the Shop’s future sale and closure by watching the news report below.
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