Music Trader Chain is out of
business in HB
The San Diego-based chain specializing in used CDs opens in
A San Diego-based music store chain moves into the retail
space at the corner of Orange Avenue and Main Street in
Downtown Huntington Beach.
Music Trader, the first full-service music store in Downtown
Huntington Beach opened in March 2005. Store manager Burt
Jenkins, a tattooed punk rock musician who once played with
San Diego hardcore group Built to Last said the Huntington
Beach location -- the first Music Trader store to open in
Orange County -- will carry a heavy dose of punk and hard
rock, but will cater to a wider range of musical tastes. He
said the store also sells new and used vinyl records.
Music Trader specializes in used CDs. When former owner Jeff
Clark opened the first Music Trader in San Diego in 1987, a
used CD retailer concept was introduced and became the model
for national chains like Wherehouse Music and Second Spin.
By 1999, Clark had opened 16 stores and eventually agreed to
the sell the chain to Oklahoma-based company CD Warehouse.
Just as Clark sold his interest, online music trading was
gaining in popularity and making a major dent in sales.
CD Warehouse filed for bankruptcy and closed nine of its
Music Trader stores in July 2002. The remaining assets were
sold to former CEO Christopher Salyer, who now manages the
reemerging chain. Jenkins said the chain continues to look
for new ways to compete in the fledgling used CD market. If
things go well in Huntington Beach, Jenkins predicts other
Orange County store will open.
Street parking or garage parking across the street at
Plaza Almeria is available for a
328 Main Street,
Huntington Beach, California 92648
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