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QRD #34 - Record Store Special - June 2008
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Record Store Interviews with:
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Angry Young and Poor
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Bull City Music
Bananas Music
Luke's Record Exchange
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Musique Cité Sherbrooke
The Lazy i
Flat, Black, & Circular
Mod Lang
Two If By Sea Records
Sweat Records
Cheeky Monkey
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Carrot Top Distribution
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Record Store Owner interview with Luke Renchan of Luke's Record Exchange
June 2008

Store Name: Luke’s Record Exchange
Year Established: 1979
Address: 393 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Store Hours: Closing May 5th & re-opening in around 6 months for renovations
Phone Number: 401-725-7156
Website: www.lukesmusic.com
Email: lukeenchan@cox.net
Do You Have a Listening Station: 1 now, should re-open with 3
Musical Styles You Specialize in: all
Musical Styles You Exclude: indie & classical on the light side
Other Items You Sell: cassettes, t-shirts, posters, albums, 45’s, 12”records, videos, CDs, laser discs, video discs, DVDs, pins, BS, games systems & games, especially vintage ones.
Most forms of recorded music and memorabilia.
Do you do special orders: Not at this time.
Do you do mail order: Not at this time
Do you do web orders: yes
Number of Employees: 2
How often do you have in-store performances: n/a
Number of New CDs in stock: thousands
Number of Used CDs in stock: over 10,000
Number of New LPs in stock: few thousand
Number of Used LPs in stock: over 25,000
Number of New 7”s in stock: over 5,000
Number of Used 7”s in stock: over 35,000

QRD – Why did you start your store?

Luke – My hobby & passion

QRD – How does your store particularly appeal to your city?

Luke – Excellent pricing, easy to find the only one & the largest in state.

QRD – What’s a mistake you’ve made with your store that you’d warn others against?

Luke – Make sure there is enough parking.

QRD – What do you think indie record labels could do to best help both themselves & indie stores?

Luke – Continue to inform the mom & pops with info & promos.

QRD – How was the representation of indie storeowners & customers in the movie High Fidelity accurate & inaccurate to your experience?

Luke – Lots of comparisons.

QRD – What type of research do you do to decide what to put on the shelves?

Luke – I use common sense, & listen to customers’ requests.

QRD – Is it ever difficult to find the right distributors to get something you want to stock?

Luke – Yes.

QRD – What do you wish labels or bands or distributors did more of to work with you?

Luke – N/A

QRD – What do you think is your store’s all time best seller?

Luke – Vinyl records.

Luke – Had to send now, too busy to complete if more info is needed let me know.

Official Website - www.lukesmusic.com