Customers mourn Gramophone departure

Published: 4:03 AM, September 20, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, September 21, 2013

SINGAPORE — The statement posted on the closed shutters of its store at The Cathay was brief: “Due to the difficult conditions faced by our industry over the past few years, it is no longer possible for us to continue trading.”

Reactions to Gramophone’s closure, which was announced on Wednesday, have mostly been of surprise and disappointment.

Since it first opened its doors at Raffles City in 1991, Gramophone has been known for a collection of obscure items like Japanese music CDs as well as its section for second-hand CDs. On the music retail store’s Facebook page, Parthiben Ben wrote: “It is very sad to see one of my favourite music shops folding up its business. I would like to thank the wonderful staff at Gramophone who take so much effort in introducing good music.”

Another customer, Ming Dave, said: “Sad news because I’d been supporting Gramophone for many years, buying mostly imported CDs from the US.”

“Thanks to you guys, I managed to get hold of the Japanese CDs that I was longing to have ... it’s a real shame to see you go,” said John Kelvin.

Still, there might have been a clue that Gramophone had been intending to shut its doors: The store held an “overstock clearance sale” just a week ago, where items were going for up to 70-per-cent off.

Representatives were unavailable for comment as of press time. Christopher Toh