The Endangered Species Record Store, the self-proclaimed last record store on Earth, is moving to a new location starting Sept. 28 to 11 W. Winter St.
Endangered Species first opened its doors at the current location on 12 N. Sandusky St. in November of 2010. Pat Bailey, the owner of Endangered Species, has been in the record-selling business for at least 29 years. He cited his reasons for moving in an earlier interview with the Delaware Gazette as mainly expansion. They published the article on Sept. 4, 2014. Stacey Kess wrote.
“We’ve been bursting at the seams for two years,” Bailey told the Gazette. “When we are done with the move, we will be the largest record store in central Ohio, if not the state.”
A few weeks ago, the sale of physical album saw its worst decline to date, as only 3.97 million of them were sold according to Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Overall, album sales for this year are down 14.6 percent and digital albums are also declining with a drop of 11.8 percent. Many believe this is due to the affect that online streaming and free downloading sites—both legal and illegal—have on the music industry.
This doesn’t appear true for Bailey and Endangered Species, however. According to the Delaware County Auditor, the new site he is moving to has 5,324 square feet instead of the 2,483 square feet at his current location on Sandusky St.. This represents an increase of almost 3,000 square feet.
According to the Gazette, Bailey said he wants to have 30,000 albums out for customers every day. Most importantly, he noted the expansion could also bring the possibility of a few new jobs.
“The goal is to be the destination record store in Ohio—and we’re in the heart of Ohio,” he told the Delaware Gazette.
Endangered Species is moving next to Choffey’s Coffee and Confections and right across the street from Bun’s Restaurant. If you would like to help Pat Bailey move to his new location then please call the store at (740) 417-4776.