MUSIC RETAILER DOLPHIN Discs will close after 40 years in its store on Talbot Street, Dublin, the owner said today.
Speaking to TheJournal.ie, owner Paul O’Reilly said the decision was made to close the store over the last couple of months as sales declined between 30 and 40 per cent in the last three years.
“People just don’t have the same disposable income they had before to spend on music and DVDs and with people downloading, the business just isn’t there”, he said.
O’Reilly’s father originally set up the music store in Dolphin’s Barn 1948 and the shop continued to be a family business as he joined his father in the 70s.
“It is sad, because it’s been a family business, even my own children have been involved in it but it has become a burden”, O’Reilly said. “We’re not alone in this though, a few music stores have had to close because people just don’t have the money anymore.”
Irish names like Gerry Ryan and Bono have shopped in the Talbot Street store over the years as well as some international stars like Gregory Peck, Prince and in the last year Bruce Springsteen.
O’Reilly said this is not the end for him in music retail as he plans to bring the business online by Christmas.