Blenheim Rockshop/KBB Music department supervisor Paul Robertson and assistant supervisor Katie Schryvers in entrance of the brand new retailer devoted to classical and orchestral devices.
The closing of 1 retail chapter has led to the growth of one other in Blenheim’s central enterprise district.
The Blenheim Rockshop has prolonged its Scott St department to the neighbouring premises that housed The Journal Store, run by John Barry since 1975.
After 45 years he determined to retire when the lease got here up in for renewal in March.
It was a possibility to not be missed for the neighbouring music store which had outgrown its premises.
Rockshop department supervisor Paul Robertson mentioned there was a necessity to increase the Blenheim web site because it was the smallest of the 30 outlets throughout the nation.
“We’ve loads of inventory, there are over 80000 totally different gadgets on our web site so to attempt to characterize all the pieces we promote in a tiny store was actually onerous.
“The corporate is damaged into two components. We’ve KBB which is our orchestral, brass, woodwinds, accoustic pianos division, whereas the Rockshop may be very a lot the loud stuff and excessive tech stuff like all of the recording gear.”
Robertson mentioned about 11 years in the past Rockshop purchased KBB, and in greater centres every had devoted outlets.
The music store has its personal lengthy working historical past. It was previously Ken Ham’s Music Works, arrange by husband and spouse Ken and Karenne Ham. After working the enterprise for 35 years the couple retired in 2019.
The enterprise was going through closure earlier than the national Rockshop franchise took it over in May 2019 .
Ken Ham’s daughter Raewyn Rice labored in her dad and mom’ music store since she was a young person and has carried on with the Rockshop in a gross sales and restore function.
Rice mentioned she was relieved to see the enterprise nonetheless working.
“Our group wanted a music outlet, there may be so many musicians round Marlborough.
“There’s heaps of music in folks’s properties, and it’s actually essential that music is being serviced.
“Due to the industries we have right here, there may be lots of people in rural areas who’ve vineyards, mussel farms… who’ve some huge cash to spend and have some stunning devices. You simply do not see them fairly often as a result of they’re out of city.”
Robertson mentioned the store had a variety of shoppers.
“We have the Marlborough brass band, the ASB Theatre, all the faculties, all of the church buildings…
“Our greatest-sellers are the acoustic guitars and ukuleles. Lots of people begin with the ukulele as a result of they assume will probably be simpler than the guitar and shall be a great transition to the guitar and I are inclined to agree with them.”