Southend to lose ‘historic’ music store later this month

A POPULAR music store that has been a Westcliff mainstay for over 30 years is set to close at the end of this month.

Professional Music Technology (PMT), on Queens Road, went on the market for a whopping £625,000.

The business opened in 1991 and was the first PMT outlet before 15 sister locations opened across the UK.

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James Michael Clarke worked at the store for six years and also served as assistant manager for two years, until his very recent departure after being informed of the closure.

He said it is a real disgrace and a devastating loss for the city.

James said: ‘This is a devastating loss of an historic store.

“It has links to the local heritage of amazing music shops which we were so lucky to have in Southend.

“It’s a shame that PMT made the decision to close the store and not open a new one in the area.

“Especially as Southend was the birthplace of the PMT company.”

Once the Westcliff site is closed, the nearest PMT will be in Romford.

The property is now listed for sale online, for £625,000 by estate agents Dedman Gray.

They say it is “a substantial two-storey, mid-terrace retail showroom just a short distance from Southend High Street.

“The property benefits from an extensive glazed storefront and is fitted out to provide a wide open retail space on the ground floor with additional retail, storage and staff amenity areas on the first and second floors.

“Subject to appropriate permissions, the property offers potential for conversion and redevelopment.”

The store will close on November 27 and staff will be offered jobs at the Romford store.

David Black, managing director of PMT across the country, added; “It’s not without sadness, and there’s a feeling of the end of the era, because we’ve had this store for almost 30 years.

“But we don’t own full ownership, the company changed hands in 2019 and full ownership belongs to the previous owners of the business.

“As such, we will now cease trading from November 27 in Southend, and instead reinvest in our Romford store, which will continue to serve the Essex catchment.”

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