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So long, Marbecks Cuba Mall

by Robyn on January 9, 2011 in Retail

It looks like the Marbecks on Cuba Mall is closing down, leaving the blessed Slowboat and Real Groovy the only music shops in the area.

It doesn’t really come as much of a surprise – record shops today seem to exist mainly for music nerds and CD-buying grans. ’90s-style music shops like Marbecks are a dying breed.

Marbecks Cuba Mall are discounting what stock is left, so if you’re after a slightly reduced copy of Susan Boyle’s album, it might be worth a visit. If not, you’re best sticking to your favourite way of purchasing music.

And for further reading, over at Werewolf, Gordon Campbell recently took at look at the state of Wellington’s record shops, talking to Mark Thomas of Real Groovy and Dennis O’Brien of Slowboat, and wondered how they were surviving in the face of declining sales and Susan Boyle.

Robyn Gallagher

Robyn used to live in Wellington, but now divides her time between coastal Waikato and wherever. She can be found over at her long-running blog, watching too many music videos, or generally mucking around on the internet.

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Baz January 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I was in Real Groovy last week and was surprised at how emaciated their stock looked. Us grans would be sad to see the specialty shops go.

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Damo January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

While not the same sort of closure to Marbecks, just across the street QQ Rice disappeared after it’s short stint on Dixon. A little further up Cuba the $2 shop is gone and down the bottom Cash Converters has also shut up shop.

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Groggy January 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Baz -They had plenty before Xmas, so hopefully they’ve sold loads and are wiating for new stock? :-S

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