Short Store Stories: LP Record Store, Sheffield

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Name of the store: LP Record Store

Location: 137a Arundel Street, SHEFFIELD, s1 2nu, UK

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Tell us a bit about your store:
How long does it exist? What sparked the idea to open it? Is there any particular story behind it?

The LP Record Store first opened in 2007, and then moved to its current location in 2011. The owner Marl Richardson opened his first Record Store in 1995, and moved around to a lot of different locations due to devevelopments in the city. He took an 18 month break in 2004 before opening the LP Record Store. He says “from the age of 15 I knew one day I’d have a record shop! At that age my careers office pretty much told me I was a dreamer.”

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Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?

We sell rock, indie, dance, soul, funk, reggae, ska, punk and metal.

What was the most awkward or funny request you have ever received? Or do you have a memorable story to share?

A man once came into the shop with a box of records he was looking to get rid of, and insisted that he wanted £20 for the lot. Mark said he would have to take a look through the box before making an offer, and in so doing he found a rare Apples and Oranges Pink Floyd’s demo pressing. He gave the man his £20 and then called a loyal customer who came down, took one look at the record and paid £700 in cash for it. Earlier the same day, somene had cleaned out the punk section for £350 too.

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What is currently one of your most valuable/ sought-after record on your wall?

Our most valuable record is currently Circuit 7 – Video Boys at £150, and London – 20 Flight Rock at £120.

Please name your current staff favorites:

Mark’s current favourites (available in the store) are: The Cult – Love(1985), Gary Numan – Tubeway Army(1978), and Kraftwerk – Autobahn(1975).

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