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Mace & Crown | February 19, 2018

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The Groove Record Shop Closes

Emily Rogers | Social Media Director

The final needle has been lifted, and the music has stopped as a historic record shop closed in downtown Norfolk for the last time on Thursday. The Groove Record Shop announced through their Facebook on Aug. 25 that they would be closing their doors forever on Aug. 31.

Shop owner, Paul Levine, did not go into many details behind his decision to close the store, other than that the decision was finalized weeks ago for personal reasons.

The Groove Record Shop first opened up in 1949 on Church Street by Levine’s parents. The store remained located there until the move in 1961 to Granby Street. 

A fire forced the shop to close its doors for the first time before Levine reopened the doors at the current location back in 2014.

Levine has stated that his biggest motivator to keeping the vinyl industry going in Norfolk has always been the customers. When he reopened The Groove Record Shop he had the customers in mind and wanted the shop to become a place for people to listen and enjoy music as they come together.

The week prior to closing the store had a final blowout sale, getting rid of all albums new and used, accessories, equipment, and even store fixtures.

Levine was found at the store throughout the week saying goodbye to customers as they prepared to close the shop.

Records could be heard throughout the summer by passersby on the sidewalk as well as being greeted by signs to remind them to stock up on their vinyl.

The Groove Record Shop had made an impact in the music community in Norfolk throughout its time open. According to their old website “throughout the ’50s, the Groove was a favorite ‘hangout’ for local radio station DJs and artists in town for shows at the Norfolk Arena.”

The website now has been mostly taken down, leaving behind one final farewell “Sadly, on September 1st, 2017, The Groove has closed it’s doors. We thank you for your patronage. Keep Digging. -Paul, Brad, & Nate.”