For years, demand in Uptown for luxury apartments and lifestyle brunch options has outpaced demand for CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and other retro media formats.
Cheapo Records, with its airplane-hangar-like footprint, survived for 17 years at 1300 W. Lake St., but will be relocating to Eat Street come mid-September, owner Al Brown tells City Pages. The record shop’s new 9,000-square-foot digs will be located at 2600 Nicollet Ave., currently a Payday America and smack in the middle of an emerging yupster stronghold that includes nearby Icehouse, Eat Street Social, and Glam Doll Donuts. The 22,000-square-foot Lake Street building will be razed to make way for — you guessed it — yet another mixed-use apartment complex.
“It will be less space, but we'll be stocking most of the same items,” says Brown, who signed the new lease last week. “We're working on store layout right now, so I can't be sure which items will be going away. It's too soon to tell.”
Potentially on the chopping block are LaserDiscs and VHS tapes, two noble technologies that clashed like titans as the videotape format wars of the 1970s and 1980s raged. Brown anticipates cassette tapes will persevere. “[Customers] can expect the same sort of store as always,” he says. “We'll try and get as much music and movies as we can, we're only limited by space.”
Cheapo has two other Twin Cities stores in Blaine and St. Paul.