Vinyl record retailer to open first Liverpool store

UK independent music retailer Rough Trade to open 6,500 sq ft store in Liverpool and is seeking applications for people to join its team. Tony McDonough reports

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Rough Trade is set to open a new music outlet in Liverpool. Picture from Rough Trade


Independent vinyl record retailer Rough Trade is to open its first store in Liverpool.

Founded in London in 1976, Rough Trade is a £14m-turnover business that currently has five outlets, including one in New York. It will open its sixth, a 6,500 sq ft store in Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre in the first quarter of 2024.

It will create a number of jobs and is seeking applications from people in Liverpool city region. Roles include general manager, assistant manager, bar and events manager, bar and events supervisor, retail supervisors and bar, sales and events assistants.

This will become Rough Trade’s largest location in the UK and boast its largest venue space. It will feature a fully stocked bar and cafe in partnership with Signature Brew and Dark Arts.

Upon opening, people will be able to browse the extensive catalogue of music and merchandise in-store. And there will be an events schedule showcasing national and local acts.

Rough Trade has tripled its UK vinyl market share in the past five years. The Liverpool store will join existing outlets in London Bristol, Nottingham and New York. It plans to open an outlet in Berlin later in 2024.

Lawrence Montgomery, managing director at Rough Trade, said: “We are excited to grow our UK presence with a store in Liverpool.

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“The city has such a rich musical heritage as well as a vibrant scene right now which we hope to honour and represent in the best way we can.

“The scale (both size and ambition) of the store shows our commitment and investment to the city. We can’t wait to delight customers in the record store and venue in due course.

To apply for one of the jobs at the new Rough Trade Liverpool store click here. More details about the vacancies will be released after 10am on Thursday morning.

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