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Random Play to close

The needle lifts on the last of the Barrington Street music stores

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Last week Shoptalk reported Random Play (1587 Barrington Street, 445-1056), the last place to buy music on Barrington, was offering a 20 percent sale through February. Now we’ve heard more news about the business that is bound to disappoint music fans.

“We’ll be closing no later than the end of March,” says owner Steve Brown. “It may be sooner, we’ll see how it goes.”

Beginning March 1 there’ll be a 50 percent off sale on all stock (except consignment). “Basically there’s been a decline in business over time,” says Brown, who admits Random Play has been a money-losing proposition for the past two years. “We tried to shift things up, offering more DVDs and games, and that helped to a mitigating degree.” But, unfortunately it wasn’t enough. “We had a good 11-year run and I’d like to thank all our customers.”

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