First saw this item on 52nd City last night, but I stopped by today and verified that it's true: Streetside Records in the Loop is closing its doors after December 24. The clerk I spoke with tonight said they found out the store was closing two weeks ago.
Streetside's closure wasn't a surprise. As we reported in April, Streetside's lease at 6314 Delmar Boulevard expires in January; additionally, the real estate firm Hutkin Development Company struck deals with chain stores Chipotle and Noodles and Company to move into the building. No word yet on if/when these business will open there.
Contrary to the April article, however, another worker I talked to at the store tonight said that the Loop Streetside will not be relocating; the unsold merchandise will be shipped to a warehouse operated by TransWorld Entertainment, which owns Streetside.
TransWorld also owns the Streetside Records in Florissant, and the FYE located at 3801 Hampton Avenue.
Right now merchandise in the Loop is 10-50% off, with all CDs at 20% off.
We'll have more information as it becomes known.
I also found out today that Alton's Music Biz is set to close December 31. According to the Alton Telegraph's business blog, the record store had been at its 192 Alton Square Drive location since 1993. Find out more information at this link.