PLAINFIELD, NJ - It was a bittersweet rainy Saturday at the Plainfield Music Store, which held its final day of sales. Customers combed through the shelves of sheet music to scoop up treasures at deep discounts, a sale that had been announced a few weeks ago.
After 25 years of ownership, Victoria Griswold decided earlier this year to sell the building that houses the music store, offices on the second floor, as well as the J M Staffing Solution company. The store, which was one of the few remaining of its kind, had been faced with increased competition with the onset of online retail.
Friends and customers recalled the days when the music store existed alongside flourishing bookstores in the area. Others commented that Griswold’s love for music and commitment to the store made it a treasure for musicians.
Griswold recalled that she had planned to run the store with a group of colleagues, and despite her classically trained music background, she had no retail experience. “I have met a lot of interesting people and made friends that I would not have met, and I am grateful to all the people who have been supportive of the store.” Although Griswold feels a bit of guilt at not being able to continue to service customers with their future sheet music needs, she is looking forward to the change.
The final day in the store, Nov. 1, will be spent packing. Griswold is hoping that by then she will find someone interested in the remaining inventory that has not sold.
Future plans for the building have not yet been announced, but earlier this year a community forum was held to discuss the possibility of developing a pedestrian mall in the area.
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