July 2, 2008

Red Dog Escapes Ruins of Music Chain’s Collapse

A RELAUNCHED music shop is hoping to hit the right notes with customers new and old after being saved from administration.

Staff at Sound Control in the Grassmarket were shocked when they were suddenly told they would be made redundant.

The national chain went into administration in April, blaming increased competition from the internet.

Now former purchasing manager Alex Marten has bought the shop to run as an independent music store. He signed the lease on the last day before it was due to close, safeguarding the jobs of eight staff members.

The store has been rebranded as Red Dog Music, and will be officially opened on Friday.

As well as selling musical instruments and equipment, it plans to support local bands and show work by artists.

To mark the store's rebirth, it will host a free party at the Caves, in Niddrie Street South, on Friday night, featuring the popular local ska band Bombskare.

Sound Control had been the UK's largest musical instrument supplier, but has now closed ten of its 26 shops nationwide.

Mr Marten, 29, from Haymarket, said: "It all happened pretty suddenly.

"It was a complete shock for us all. Suddenly they came and said the company was in administration. They kept the Edinburgh shop open for a month but it was obviously a pretty difficult time.

"I had just a month to try to get the finance. Right at the last minute we got things sorted out and I signed the lease.

"I knew it was a really good store and I wanted to keep it going. The staff are all really friendly and helpful.

"There aren't any other stores in Edinburgh doing the same as we are."

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