Nottingham has seen an influx of specialist record shops opening up in the city over the last decade, but after The Music Exchange closed, record shop owners fear this could be the beginning of the end.

In recent years vinyl has enjoyed a surge in popularity and it was only in 2014 that sales reached a 20 year high, with 1.2 million sold in Britain.

Award-winning The Music Exchange in Stoney Street was opened back in 2009 by the homeless charity Framework and was set up as a social enterprise to help get vulnerable people into work.

“SADLY WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE SHOP ON MARCH 19TH 2016”
JOE BELL, MANAGER

A statement from the shop owner reads: “It’s with a heavy heart that I have to sadly announce the closure of the shop.”

“It’s been a tough 12 months for the shop, we have made cuts throughout the year but sadly we have made the decision to close the shop on March 19th 2016.”

There a various record stores spread across the city including Rough Trade in Hockley, Plates on Wilford Street and Anarchy Records on Mansfield Road.

Audio: Manager of Plates Records Nick Strang talks about what shops can do to keep open.