Virgin Megastores is an international entertainment retailing chain, founded in early by Sir Richard Branson as a record shop on London 's Oxford Street. Bycurrent operations are exclusively in the Middle East and in North Africa, consisting of approximately 40 stores. Richard Branson and Nik Powell had initially run a small record shop called Virgin Records and Tapes on Notting Hill GateLondonspecialising particularly in " krautrock " imports, and offering bean bags and free vegetarian food for the benefit of customers listening to the music on offer.
Virgin Entertainment Group North America already announced the April shuttering of the Times Square Virgin Megastore, a convenient place for tourists and Broadway fans to snag the latest cast albums or solo recordings. Billboard first reported the planned closings. In recent years, with the rise of digital music services, "record stores" as they used to be called have gone dark throughout the U.
Even casual passersby got the news: New York City was losing its last major record store. When Tower Records folded inVirgin earned the dubious honor of being the only large store devoted entirely to music retail remaining in Manhattan. After the 14th Street shop vanishes this weekend there will be no more Virgin Megastore locations in the United States.
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The sounds of the Velvet Underground echoed in the Virgin Megastore in Union Square on Sunday afternoon, as bargain-hunting passers-by and hard-core music shoppers poked through what few items remained at the last large-scale record store in New York City. It was the final day of business for the Virgin Megastore chain in North America, which at its peak had 23 locations but by Sunday was down to two: the 57,square-foot, two-level New York outlet, and a smaller Hollywood shop that was also set to close. With the music industry stuck in a decade-long crisis, the sight of a record store closing is hardly surprising.
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I grew up listening to and loving Motley Crue. These photos were taken by my sister at a book signing at the sadly now gone Virgin Megastore in Times Square in Years later I I overheard him on the phone with him one day at work and gagged.
The whole Megastore is at the southern end of Union Square, with Webster Hall one block southwest on 4th Avenue, and Irving Plaza two blocks north, one block east. The back corner leads to the rest of the ground-floor area of Virgin Megastore, where popular music and clothing is mostly sold. Bands play there to advertise a new release, and generally stick around afterwards for signings at the table to immediate left of the entrance.