Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Top independent music store on move to CastleCourt

The Head Records store which is moving to CastleCourt this year

A Belfast independent music shop which vacated a unit at Victoria Square following a row over lease terms is moving to another mall in the city centre.

Head Records closed its store in Victoria Square around this time last year, triggering a social media campaign highlighting the impact of the loss of the store on music lovers.

In the summer of 2013 the firm took over a 7,500 sq ft shop on Ann Street not far from its former home and is now planning to vacate that site and set up shop in CastleCourt by mid-February.

All 10 staff will move to the new premises, formerly occupied by clothing retailer Blue Inc, which is a similar size to the Ann Street shop, on which the lease is soon to expire.

The retail unit currently occupied by Head Music was formerly let out to Bonmarche, part of the Peacocks group which went into administration earlier this year.

Head Records, which is known for its vinyl record selection, sells online via Amazon UK, Germany, US and France and Play.com and was named Ireland's best independent music retailer in 2011.

The firm blamed the closure of its first Belfast shop on failure to negotiate a short-term lease with Victoria Square. The chain was established after Zavvi, formed through a buy-out of Virgin Megastores, went into administration.