End of the road for Car City Records

August 3, 2011
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A friend forwarded this message Wednesday afternoon, and a call to the venerable record store in St. Clair Shores  confirmed it is closing next month. The e-mail reads:

DEAR CUSTOMERS, FRIENDS, AND FANS OF CAR CITY RECORDS.

WE REGRET THAT CAR CITY RECORDS WILL BE CLOSING SEPT. 30 AFTER A VERY LONG RUN OF NEARLY 30 YEARS ON THE GLORIOUS EAST SIDE. NO REASON OTHER THAN AFTER MOVING OUT OF STATE FOUR YEARS AGO THE OWNER FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO GIVE THE BUSINESS THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. NEXT TWO MONTHS PLEASE STOP BY FOR A LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FINGER TIPS DIRTY AS WE SELL OFF INVENTORY AT BARGAIN BASEMENT PRICES. STARTING ON FRIDAY, AUG. 5, ALL USED LPS, CDS, 45S, CASSETTES, DVDS, BOOKS, 78S, 8-TRACKS, ETC IN THE STORE ARE BEING SOLD AT 50% OFF MARKED PRICE!!! NEW LPS AND CDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $3 OFF MARKED PRICE. COME VISIT US AND SAY FAREWELL!!!

THANKS FOR YOUR PATRONAGE

LOVE YOU

BOB, DION, CHAD, MATT

That’s more of a trend we’ve been documenting since 2006′s cover story Last of the independents. Unrelentingly, the trend continues. Car City Records was founded by Peter Dale as Car City Classics (on Jefferson in Detroit; we’re not sure whether it was late ’70s or early ’80s). He eventually moved and sold Car City, and later founded Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor.

It, too, was endangered earlier this year, when Dale wanted out to follow other pursuits. But a deal was struck to sell it to its employees.