After 5 ½ years trading on Birchfield Road, a popular record shop, Vintage Trax, is moving back to Redditch town centre.
The shop, run by Ros Sidaway and her sister Teresa Whiting, originally started out with two pop-up shops in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in 2013 and 2014, before opening a permanent shop in Headless Cross.
The business has steadily grown over the past few years and regularly welcomes customers both local and from around the West Midlands region as well as further afield.
“We have outgrown the current shop and have been looking for larger, affordable premises for over a year” explains owner Ros “Then, during lockdown, we found the former Cycle Studio off Church Green East was on the market, and after just one look around, knew it was the right place. With 2 floors, more than doubling the space currently available, it not only enables us to offer more to our customers, but also allows for more than just the 2 customers we can have in the shop presently, due to Covid-19 social distancing measures.”
But the move is not just about expanding the product and service offer, it’s also aiming to become a music hub for the town to showcase and support local talent, and be a base for the John Bonham Memorial Friends group, with a “Local Lad –Global Rock Legend” exhibition for Bonham fans visiting the town.
“We want to play a key role in helping to regenerate our town centre, working with other independent businesses around the Church Green/Alcester Street area, to encourage locals and visitors back to the old town centre” adds Ros.
The Headless Cross shop will close on Friday 28th August and the new shop along Smallwood Passageway will open on Friday 11th September. See www.VintageTrax.co.uk or join “Vintage Trax Records Redditch” facebook group for more details.