Wolverhampton music shop to close after 38 years

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | Music | Published:

A popular Wolverhampton music store is to close its doors to customers – after nearly 40 years of trading.

Mike Brooks, of One Way Music in Wolverhampton which is closing after 38 years

One Way Music in Salop Street will open for the final time on Saturday.

Owner Mike Brookes said he’s been left devastated by the decision to close – but said when the market moved from the area to Cleveland Street it was the final nail in the coffin.

He added that it was costing too much to keep running the store, which sells guitars, amps and PA systems.

Mr Brookes, aged 72, who lives in Wednesfield, said: “We started out in 1982. We were originally based in School Street, and had to move in 1999/2000. We then moved three years ago to a smaller unit in Salop Street. It’s been a great little shop – we have loved it.

“When they pulled down the market it just devastated that area.

“The last nail in the coffin was the market coming down – trade has suffered. I have loved it – the shop has been my baby but there is only so much you can do.

“It was costing too much to keep it open. It is like losing a child.

“I had a customer come into the store recently and they had a receipt from 1982. The customers have been so great to us, they have all become friends.

“I want to thank them enormously. I want to thank our customers for their kindness, nice words and keeping in touch with us over the years. The main reason we have kept the shop going is the people.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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