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Play De Record moving from Yonge St to College & Spadina

The Truth

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Posted by Derek Flack / February 1, 2016

Play De Record is leaving Yonge St., though thankfully not Toronto. The retail institution, which has called the city's main artery home for a quarter century, is relocating to Spadina and College as of March 1st.

It's not exactly surprising news. Yonge St. is in the midst of a massive transformation, one that's witnessing the progressive loss of mom and pop retail in favour of sprawling, street-level box stores at the base of new condo developments. While Play De Record isn't being forced out by development, the change of scenery makes sense.

This area of Yonge St. was once, of course, a mecca for music fans. 10 years ago, Sam the Record Man was just a stone's throw away from Play De Record. And while the shop has always been something of a destination spot thanks to its selection of hip hop and dance records, the touristy nature of its existing location isn't exactly ideal.

The new space at 411 Spadina Ave., on the other hand, seems well located to help the shop capitalize on vinyl's resurgence. It's immediately east of Kensington Market, and certainly close enough to Sonic Boom for record shoppers on the hunt for something elusive to pay a visit to both stores.

As for Yonge St., it loses another bit of character. But we're getting very used to this by now.

Play De Record bids goodbye to Yonge Street
 

[- FuNKtiOn -]

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While it will be sad to see the original shop pack up, especially for nostalgia reasons given how many times over the years I'd stopped in for record digging, tickets, merch, etc.... But admittedly College and Spadina will be closer to me so I'll be able to stop in more often, so I'm cool with it.

Nothing but love for all the Play De crew, best of luck for them all on the move.
 
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