Co-Op Records in Pekin will be celebrating Record Store Day Friday by offering limited edition vinyl record releases.
The concept for Record Store Day was the result of a 2007 brainstorming session between a group of independent record store owners in Baltimore who were seeking a way to boost their struggling industry.
“Record sales were declining badly in 2007,” said Brandon Timian, manager of Co-Op Records in Pekin. “I think it was under $1 million for that year in final sales for the whole country. The store owners who started Record Store Day came up with the concept of having special releases that are only for small brick-and-mortar stores.”
Record Store Day is now celebrated at stores throughout the world. The first event was held in April 2008. In 2010, retailers in the United States made Record Store Day a semiannual occurrence by adding a Black Friday event. In an April 27, 2016, article for Billboard magazine, Keith Caulfield wrote that independent record retailers in the United States sold 749,000 albums and singles in the week ending April 21. Record Store Day that year was April 17.
“Record Store Day is on every continent in the world except Antarctica,” said Timian. “I think there are close to 2,000 stores here in the United States that do it. It’s helped sales a lot.”
Timian declined to disclose what sort of releases customers can expect at Co-Op on Friday.
“If you want to know what we’ve got, you’ll have to come in and find out,” he said. “Only independent record stores get to sell this stuff. You’re not going to get it at Best Buy or Walmart or anywhere like that.”
Co-Op Records customer and vinyl record enthusiast Samuel Wheeler of Pekin is considering attending the store’s Record Store Day celebration in hopes of finding releases from bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeath and Guns N’ Roses.
“I love vinyl records, and I love the posters they sell here,” Wheeler said. “I have a bunch of vinyl records from bands like Heart and Kansas. I’d be interested in coming Friday to see if they’ve got something I really like.”
Co-Op Records is located at 3253 Court St. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.