It was earlier this summer when we first announced that Dearborn Music would be opening a new location in downtown Farmington.
It’s a banner year for the Dearborn-based record store, a cultural benchmark for music fans across the region and beyond. Sales and specials helped celebrate the store’s 65th anniversary throughout the summer.
Now owners Rick and Kevin LeAnnais have something else to celebrate. The brothers, who bought the business from their father in 2001, will open the doors of the new Farmington location this Thursday, September 2 at 10 a.m.
The store will operate during normal business hours with a ‘soft opening’, with the official opening celebration scheduled for later in September.
The new storefront has the potential to bring new faces to downtown Farmington. This is especially true on days like Record Store Day. The biannual event has music fans lining up around the block at the Dearborn site, lining up for hours as they scramble to position themselves on rare and collectable vinyl records.
âA record store is a destination store. So we’re not just going to take people out of Farmington, we’re going to take people out of the surrounding communities. It will attract more people downtown, and maybe for the first time. They will have the opportunity to visit the farmers market or some of the restaurants there, the other stores, âRick LeAnnais told us in May.
“All the time people tell us they drove an hour just to get here.”
In the months following the announcement of the second location, the Dearborn Music team took care of prepping and stocking the storefront at Farmington, a former Dressbarn retail store that closed in 2019. It was is a large space to fill; LeAnnais estimated that 4,700 sq. Ft. Of the 6,200 r. the pi space would be reserved for retail.
Dearborn Music has presented itself to the Farmington community in a number of ways, including appearances at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market. From their booth, workers offered prizes and a raffle to a Dearborn Music swag bag.
Like the Dearborn location, Dearborn Music-Farmington will feature new and used vinyl records, CDs, T-shirts, DVDs and Blu-rays, books, games, and more.
âWe like to think of ourselves as a fun store to go to. We don’t just have music. We have pop culture music, gifts, and t-shirts; we have family-oriented games, âsaid Rick LeAnnais.
“We like to think of ourselves as a great destination for all things entertainment, just general.”
Dearborn music opens its Farmington location on Thursday, September 2 at 10 a.m. and will be open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dearborn Music-Farmington is located at 33025 Grand River Ave. in downtown Farmington.
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