SF’s Oldest Independent Vinyl Store Aquarius To Close, New Successor Named

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The owners of Aquarius Records on Valencia Street announced that the store will close on July 4 and reopen on July 29 under a different name.

Owners Andee Connors and Allan Horrocks made the decision to sell the store after realizing that Aquarius needed a revitalization that the owners weren’t able to pursue. Aquarius was sold to a reissue label called Superior Viaduct, which also operates an Oakland record store called Stranded. When the Aquarius location reopens at the end of next month, after some renovations and the name change, it will be the second Stranded location in the Bay Area.

Aquarius has been a musical treasure in San Francisco since it opened in 1970. It was also named one of the top eight SF record stores that we highlighted at the end of last year.

At the time, Aquarius Records had two storefronts on Castro Street. In 1983 it moved to Noe Valley and in 1996 its current owners took over and eventually moved to its Mission District location where it is currently located. Aquarius was aimed at indie rock fans as well as audiophiles looking for unique sounds and rare releases.

See excerpts from the letter Aquarius owners posted on their website below.

Beloved Customers and Friends:

After over 40 years in the store, aQuarius OverlOrds Andee and Allan decided it was time for us to move on. We will get back to you very soon to let you know all the why, how and what-they-are-going-to-do …

For now, we just want to let you know that the store will continue and that many exciting changes and improvements are underway, including a very extensive vinyl inventory, both new and used!

Although our decision was not an easy one, we are very happy to have found the right people to work with the current aQuarius staff to continue aQ’s unique mission and its legacy of “bringing music to life. public ”.

From next month, our friends at Superior Viaduct will take back possession of aQuarius. You might know Superior Viaduct as a fantastic archival label that always re-releases some really cool music in a variety of interesting genres – including a lot of essential releases that we’ve done Records Of The Week in the past – but they’ve got it. also an excellent record store in Oakland called Stranded.

We really couldn’t think of a better fit than Superior Viaduct / Stranded to pass the torch to. Ultimately, it’s about discovering great music, being excited about the bands and artists we love, and sharing that passion with others. AQ and SV have similar “tastes” in many ways, and we know they will do a great job and be worthy successors.

Andee and Allan would like to thank all of our customers for their support and friendship over the years – aQuarius has been an amazing and extremely important part of our lives and will continue to be. In fact, we intend to FINALLY compile, edit and publish the “Big Book of aQ Reviews” that we’ve always wanted, so you’ll be hearing more about this project soon!

Written by Carlos Olin Montalvo


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