Missing Link Records closing down after 30 years


One of Melbourne’s best known independent record store’s Missing Link Records will be closing down after nearly 30 years of trading.

Earlier in the year rumours spread about the stores closure, but owner Nigel Rennard had stated that it wouldn’t happen ‘any time soon’. He has now issued a statement announcing that as of Friday October 7th, Missing Link Records will be no more.

In July, Brisbane’s Rocking Horse Records announced they were on the verge of closing only to be saved by locals coming back to the store and spending in numbers out of protest.

The tatement from Missing Link Records reads:

After 30 years of retail, in the Melbourne CBD, Missing Link Records will cease trading on Friday 7th October.

The doors at 405 Bourke Street will be closing for the last time, however the store will continue under the management of Collectors Corner, as it has traded for the last year, in a new location to be announced shortly.

Adverse trading conditions over the past few years and the continued decline in hardcopy music sales, the ever present theft of music and digital options have combined to bring about the decision. The owners wish to thank all those that have supported us over a very long journey and hope that in return our support for Australian and overseas independent music will be remembered.


10 Responses to “Missing Link Records closing down after 30 years”

  1. samfisher21

    @yesnoyes (6): People will do whatever is good for them, if it’s cheaper somewhere else that’s where they’ll go. Nothing will stop these types of things happening, the internet has essentially started to kill off the hard copy cd

  2. Jaytime

    certainly hasn’t killed off the hardcopy vinyl! this sucks though, i’ve been visiting this store for the past 8 years on trips from A*town 🙁

  3. yesnoyes

    I actually said the availability of music for free download is actually what’s been the downfall of music stores. It’s just been compounded by the ability of JB Hi Fi to sell CD’s at a little above cost price which pulls customers away from ALL independent stores, not just Missing Link.

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