Sad news for Seattle music lovers with yesterday’s announcement that the Queen Anne branch of Easy Street Records is closing. Losing a locally-owned record store to a Chase bank is a bitter pill to swallow for Seattleites.
There is no question that record stores are struggling in Seattle, for a variety of reasons. In the case of Easy Street on Queen Anne, it certainly didn’t help that a commercial real-estate boom priced them out of the neighborhood. But take a look at the chart below showing where Seattleites buy music. We might bemoan the loss of a local record store, but as consumers, we’re not helping the situation too much.
Source: Scarborough Research, Seattle WA 2012 release 2