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By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Another retailer will be closing its doors in Citrus Heights, with Dimple Records announcing plans on Monday to close all seven of its stores in the region.
The Sacramento-based independent records chain has been around for 45 years, selling new and used music LPs, CDs, DVDs and video games. Employees of Dimple Records’ Citrus Heights store at 7830 Macy Plaza Drive were told on Monday of the impending closure.
“The closing sale will be going on for several months,” said Taylor McCulley, assistant manager for the Citrus Heights store. His store employs between 10 and 14 all of whom he is hoping to keep on as long as possible, he said.
Discounts are now 20 to 40 percent off and that will increase as the store moves closer to closure, he said. All sales are final and regular store hours will continue. The store has now ended its buy-back program, McCulley said.
The company that would eventually become Dimple was founded by John Radakovitz in 1974. He now serves as president of the company, and his wife, Dilyn Radakovitz, serves as secretary.
In an article in the Sacramento Business Journal, Dilyn Radakovitz, cited declining sales, the rise in online music streaming services, and California’s rising minimum wage as several reasons for the decision to shutter all its business locations.
“I’m devastated,” McCulley said. “I’ve been manager here for eight years and there are a lot of longtime employees here. We’re going to try to keep everyone working here as long as possible.”
Dimple Records carries used and new DVDs and Blu-ray films in great condition. The store became a favorite of customers for its willingness to purchase used LP records, DVDS and music CDs from its customers for cash or store credit.
It also carried a full range of new releases in most categories. In addition to music, the chain also added children’s books, movies and comic books to its mix. Video games for just about every console, new or users remain steady sellers.
“When we opened Wednesday, there were at least 20 people outside just waiting for the doors to open,” he said.
“The closure came as a shock to us. I’m still trying to deal with it, as I know all of us working here will have to look for work soon,” McCulley said. “The past holiday season was quite busy, and our overall sales have been consistent.”
Dimple Records store hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call (916) 962-3600 for information.
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