An Omaha music institution will be closing its doors soon.
Antiquarium Records announced Sunday that the store will close.
“We're just in debt,” said co-owner Joseph Tingley.
Tingley and Brian Byrd would like to reopen the store after clearing their debt and if they can find a new location with lower rent.
“We want to reopen at some point,” Tingley said.
Antiquarium Records, 417 South 13th Street, will remain open though most of the week while it sells as much inventory as it can. Everything in the shop is on sale: CDs are $1 each, dollar bin records are 25 cents and everything else is 50 percent off.
After the announcement on Sunday, the store stayed open late to accommodate the many customers who showed up to flip through the vinyl bins. Many are upset at the news, including dozens who posted on Facebook.
“I opened the store this morning and I cried. It's not cool,” said store employee and longtime customer Matthew Wisch.
Opened in the 1980s, Antiquarium Records was originally housed in the Antiquarium bookstore and run by Dave Sink, who passed away earlier this year. Sink transferred ownership of the shop in 2006 and retired.
Music fans and several of Omaha's most famous indie rockers have long been attached to the shop, which specializes in vinyl. Wisch spent his formative years in the shop and said he was sad to see it go. Still, he understood the owners' decision.
“It's their decision and and as much as the store means to me, if they think this is the right move, it's the right move,” he said.
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes said the store was “the epicenter of discovery for my musical life (and life in general) and probably the single most sacred place of my adolescence.
Robb Nansel, president of Saddle Creek Records and co-owner of Slowdown, credited the store with inspiring the formation of the label and its roster.
“I shudder to think of what this city would look like if there had been no Dave and no Antiquarium. It's safe to say there would be one less record label and one less music venue calling Omaha home,” Nansel said when Sink passed away.
“I can't imagine what my life and my friends' lives would look like if not for him and that shop,” Oberst added.
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