Edinburgh’s one remaining branch of Fopp has closed its doors – temporarily.
However, the capital branch, which has been a fixture on Rose Street for the past 20 years, is to move to Shandwick Place, in the city’s West End.
The old location has been earmarked as a cocktail bar, with the record retailer moving to its new premises in mid-February 2023.
Sharing the news on social media, the company said:: “Big announcement!!!
“We are moving!!!
“Looking forward to seeing you when we bring the Fopp party to Shandwick Place in February 2023!
“A massive THANK YOU for your continued support over the last 20 yrs”.
Fopp began life in 1981 as a stall operated by founder Gordon Montgomery in Decourcey’s Arcade just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End. Montgomery now operates from a basement in Bristol: “Monty’s Bazaar” (thanks to Love:Music Glasgow for that info).
The company grew into a UK-wide chain with more than 100 stores at its peak in 2007, becoming the UK’s third-largest specialist music retailer after Virgin, and eventual owners HMV.
However, a takeover of rival company Music Zone led to problems, and the receivers were called in in 2007, leading to a takeover by HMV, although Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street shop was not part of the rescue package.
The reopened branch will be one of two in Scotland alongside the one on Glasgow’s Union Street, with further London, Manchester and Cambridge shops also still trading. See www.fopp.com.