Word On The Street: Ear X-Tacy Heading To The Loop

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Branden Klayko.


Current Ear X-Tacy Store on Bardstown Road (via Google)

Current Ear X-Tacy Store on Bardstown Road (via Google)



[ UPDATE 9:00 PM:  It looks like the Courier-Journal, so quick to dismiss rumors curculated on "various blogs" has backed off their claim that our story is "unture."  Take for instance the headline that ran this morning: "Ear X-tacy to Douglass Loop? Not so says record store's owner" and then compare it with the current version: "Ear X-tacy to Douglass Loop? Nothing's official says record store's owner."  Then the corresponding first sentence: "John Timmons, owner of ear X-tacy records, said that reports of a pending move to the former location of a now-closed Kinko's at 2226 Bardstown Road are untrue." vs. "John Timmons, owner of ear X-tacy records, said that reports of a pending move to the location of a FedEx Kinko’s at 2226 Bardstown Road in Douglass Loop are premature."  The C-J was saying our story was flat out wrong earlier, and now they are backing off that position.


What we do know:  1) ear X-tacy is not denying they will be making a move, but won't confirm any details.  2) A space in the Douglass Loop has been leased but the tenant won't be announced until they reveal themselves.


It's completely understandable that ear X-tacy wants to reveal the details on their own time.  It's not such a good idea for the mainstream media to dismiss "various blogs" as rumor-mongers.  Rant over.  ]


[ UPDATE 1:00 PM: I spoke with ear X-tacy general manager Rebecca Cornwell who says the store is not denying the rumor, but they are also not ready to confirm anything, either.  She says more information will be available later but there are details to be worked out.  Store owner John Timmons was not available for comment.  The C-J reported the rumor to be false and Louisville.com picked up on it, but it sounds like it's not dead, just not official. ]


[ UPDATE 11:00 AM: The 4,500 square foot space at 2226 Bardstown has been leased according to the brokerage company, but they declined to name the tenant until the formal announcement is made.  Looks like ear X-tacy is headed for the Douglass Loop.  ]


Ear X-Tacy could soon be on the move.  A tipster reports that the iconic record store at1534 Bardstown Road will announce plans to relocate to the Douglass Loop into a space vacated by Fedex Kinkos at 2226 Bardstown Road between Harvard Drive and Woodbourne Avenue.


Earlier this year, ear X-tacy owner John Timmons addressed an uncertain future for the record store amid recession and changing buying habits.  In February, he said the store may downsize, relocate, or even close.  At the time, he pledged to keep the store on Bardstown Road.


Faced with the threat of closure, the local community mounted an effort to keep ear X-tacy open including several events at the store and a Facebook group called Save Ear X-tacy that now boasts nearly 33,000 members.  The store has been open 25 years at various locations.


What’s next for the 10,000 square foot current site?  It’s a large and unique space with high visibility, so it probably wouldn’t be vacant for long.  Perhaps a retailer like Urban Outfitters, who had looked into opening a store in about 10,000 square feet of Bardstown Road in the past, will find the space attractive.




Ear X-Tacy Could End Up In The Douglass Loop (via Google)

Ear X-Tacy Could End Up In The Douglass Loop (via Google)




And since it’s National Preservation Month, let’s take a look back at the current ear X-tacy building on Bardstown Road.





Ear X-Tacy Building in 1932 (U of L Photographic Archives)

Ear X-Tacy Building in 1932 (U of L Photographic Archives)




Up above is the 1535 Bardstown Road store in 1932 when it was the Laib Company, a plumbing fixture store.  The building looks pretty much the same as today except the main entrance is located on the front of the building and the trim isn’t painted lime green.


[ Credits:  Modern street views via Google; Historic photograph from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives - Reference URL.  ]


11 Comments. Now we're talking!
  1. CRASH DDZ

    May 11th, 2010

    10:56 am

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    I’ll shop whereever they go… Even if they end up back at the small store next to the great escape :)

  2. Kevin

    May 11th, 2010

    12:03 pm

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    I would be bummed to see ear-x-tacy move to such a bland store as the FedEx-Kinko's, BUT your thought of attracting Urban Outfitters to lease/buy the space is outstanding! We desperately need more big-name clothes retailers. http://www.502fashion.com

  3. Branden Klayko

    May 12th, 2010

    12:39 am

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    CJ is wrong.

  4. Nancy Moise Haws

    May 12th, 2010

    10:16 am

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    To get retailers like Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, to Trader Joe’s to move to sites like this, you have to deal with the real estate market planners at their head quarters. They get bombarded by realtors, but it’s rare for the average schmo/future customer to bring a location to their attention. Unfortunately, too many clock in and out on their jobs and rely on realtors wanting to fill their vacant listings, often out Shelbyville or now Norton’s Commons.

  5. Steve Magruder

    May 12th, 2010

    1:09 pm

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    The CJ is wrong a lot lately.

  6. Edmund

    May 12th, 2010

    1:11 pm

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    Judging by their mayoral picks, they can’t even offer a decent opinion.

  7. Sean Cannon

    May 12th, 2010

    7:56 pm

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    So the FedEx Kinko’s is actually closed now? I thought they just remodeled the space and cut the size of their store in half. Granted, it could have actually closed since that happened, but I was in there less than a month ago at the smaller space.

  8. Branden Klayko

    May 12th, 2010

    8:09 pm

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    You’re right, Sean. They eliminated 4,500 square feet and a lease was just signed for that vacated space. The Kinkos should still be open in the building.

  9. Comstock

    May 13th, 2010

    7:32 am

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    The people who want Urban Outfitters in their nabe should move to a mall.

  10. Sean Cannon

    May 16th, 2010

    10:45 pm

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    I agree. The funny thing about Urban Outfitters is that they operate exactly like clothing stores in the mall (particularly in the realm of stealing intellectual property and hiding behind the massive cost of fighting a relatively large company to protect said theft), but they pretend to be above it.

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