Independent Records & Video lifts the needle on its longtime Platte Avenue home and moves to Academy Boulevard.
The Colorado Springs company, one of the city’s last independent music retailers, will be relocating starting Monday to 195 N. Academy Blvd., southeast of Academy and Bijou Street, from its building. main building and its adjoining annex at 3030 and 3020 E Platte. Independent Records opened 43 years ago on Platte.
Owner Orville Lambert said he plans to complete the move by Tuesday. During part of Monday and Tuesday, Independent Records may operate at both the Platte and Academy sites; by Wednesday, Platte’s location will be closed, he said.
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The move involves transporting goods and other items from the main building on Platte to the Academy site about a mile away. The annex was closed several months ago.
Started by Lambert and his brother Lewis in 1978, Independent Records sells music on CDs, vinyl albums and cassettes; it also sells DVDs, video games, books, clothing and smoking accessories.
Independent Records’ move comes after its Platte Avenue buildings were sold for $ 1.5 million in April to a limited liability company formed by Big Splash Car Wash, a Denver-based company. Big Splash plans to raze the structures and develop a car wash on the property.
Since the sale of the property, Independent Records has searched for a new home. Orville Lambert had said he wanted the business to stay in the same central part of town.
The Academy Boulevard location, which Independent Records will lease, has been home to a used car dealership and pawnshop for several years. The property, Lambert said, has good visibility and access and thousands of cars pass through Academy daily.
The property also has excellent on-site parking, which is important as Independent Records buys second-hand merchandise and their customers need space to drive, park and unload their vehicles, he said.
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The interior of the new location has been renovated and its exterior painted a bright yellow, with a main entrance lined in red – colors that match those of the Platte Avenue location of Independent Records.
Independent Records will have approximately 6,000 square feet in its new Academy location, compared to 8,200 on Platte Avenue.
Despite the smaller space, Independent Records has made a plan to adapt their merchandise and the business will remain unchanged after the move, Lambert said.
“We think it’s a pretty strong location,” he said of the Academy website. “The building goes sideways, so it looks bigger than it actually is. Some people tell us it’s a better location.”
Lambert admitted that he and Lewis had been in financial trouble over another matter, which he declined to discuss.
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These problems caused them to downsize and sell the Platte Avenue property, which provided them with the much-needed financing.
At one point, Independent Records had up to seven Front Range locations; now all have been closed except for one store in Pueblo and the Platte Avenue-Academy Boulevard location.
“Things weren’t good for us, but we’re moving this store so that we can have a location here and a location in Pueblo,” Lambert said. “And we can’t wait to be in this new space.”
Meanwhile, Big Splash Car Wash hopes to begin demolition of the Independent Records buildings in the spring, said Claire Cunningham, co-owner of the car wash with her husband, Jason.
They hope to open Big Splash by the end of 2022, she said. Big Splash opened its first location in Colorado Springs a year ago at 5760 N. Academy.