The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the music industry in more ways than one. Festivals have canceled, venues have shuttered their doors, and thousands of gig workers are out of work. Today Amoeba Music joins the list as the music retailer permanently closes its prolific location on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Amoeba announced on Monday it will not reopen the brick and mortar store on the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga. The shop has been closed since California ordered a stay-at-home order in March.
Amoeba Music still plans to open a location at 6200 Hollywood Blvd later this year. The historic shop on Sunset has hosted hundreds of star-studded performances and the popular YouTube series “What’s In My Bag?”
“We want to be there for our amazing customers and our incredible staff long after this pandemic disappears,” the announcement reads on Amoeba’s website. “The only way we can keep Amoeba Hollywood alive in the long run is to make this difficult decision now.”
Read the official announcement from Amoeba by clicking here.