Stranded Records, the vinyl retailer with storefronts in Oakland and San Francisco, will expand to New York with a third location opening by April 1, the proprietors confirmed to KQED.
The new and used record store, which shares ownership with archival label Superior Viaduct, will take over the Manhattan storefront occupied for more than a decade by Good Records. In a deal similar to the 2016 replacement of Aquarius Records, Stranded co-owner Steve Viaduct said they’re acquiring Good’s record selection and retaining several of its longtime employees.
Viaduct said Stranded’s expansion is partly about increasing the associated label’s presence in New York, and partly to accommodate with its swelling used catalog. “The Bay Area stores have been doing so well,” he said. “We have two modestly sized shops, but the need for a third became apparent when we couldn’t sell inventory fast enough.”
In a social media announcement, Good Records owner Jonathan “Jonny” Sklute emphasized that “lots of things will remain the same.” He continued, “Most importantly, there will still be vinyl records to dig and purchase and add to your collections, in the same bins, at the same location.”