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41 Gardner Street The Lanes Brighton BN1 1UN t 01273 671 447

Give us a bit of background… We started in about 1981, I think. We were in the Komedia originally, which is a big venue in Brighton. I used to work for HMV and after that I started doing a couple of fairs and markets and it evolved into the shop. There wasn’t any grand plan or anything.

How’s business today and how has it changed over the years? Everyone goes on about the vinyl resurgence but, for us, vinyl never went away. We’ve always been a vinyl store primarily. In fact, we didn’t stock CDs for many years. Now our CD sales are pretty good actually. But the interest in vinyl has broadened I think. There are more youngsters coming back to it. I do feel that vinyl has gotten

a bit too pricey and I think that’s one of the things that may be slowing down the so- called resurgence. Vinyl is still strong but I do think the price is

an issue. Back-catalogue jazz and

reggae, 60s, psychedelic and soul-funk, which we do, are all strong. The biggest problem we face is the increasing overheads. For me, that’s a bigger problem than downloading or anything else. In order to make a store work, you have to be in a good place in the High Street, which is increasingly expensive.

You’re featured in the Last Shop Standing book and film (above), which documents the rise, fall and rebirth of indie music retailers… I think the book certainly raised the profile of the plight of the indie record shop, there’s no doubt about that. I think Graham [Jones] has done a great job and he more than anyone else has raised the profile of that. I think they’ve done a really good job on the film and it’s nice to see someone helping.


Owner: Dave Minns It’s a shame that there aren’t

“I feel that vinyl has gotten a bit too pricey and I think that’s one of the things that may be slowing down the so- called resurgence....” DAVE MINNS, BORDERLINE RECORDS

It not only highlights the

plight of independent record shops, it’s independent stores all over. My partner and I both grew up in this town and the amount of businesses that are established here are few and far between, as far as the High Street is concerned.

more local people establishing businesses – not just record shops but any kind of business.

Do you think the music industry could be doing more to help? They’re coming around, they’ve got a much more positive attitude than they used to have. There’s some awareness with Record Store Day and the likes, they are making an effort. I think they’re starting to realise and help independent shops, which is a positive sign.

How confident are you about the future?

Well, I’m coming up to retirement age really.

Are you going to pass the store on? That’s a possibility, yes. There are one or two people who are interested in it so we are looking at that option. I’ll be 63 soon and I’m still

doing all the little jobs these days because we cut back on staff some time ago. We had a feeling that there

were going to be difficult times ahead so we made moves some years ago. But hopefully the store will

go on. This week’s High Street Hero Dave Minns takes on his digital rivals ...



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