Popular downtown Halifax store owner sells after 35 years

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Nick Simonet is retiring and has sold Revo Records in Westgate Arcade to new owner Dave Forshaw, who also owns Skipton Sound Bar.

He said being able to do a job he loved for 35 years was like “hit the jackpot”.

“It’s just a dream job,” he said.

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Nick Simonet says running Revo Records in Halifax has been “a dream job”.

Nick, 60, left school at 16 and worked in factories before opening Revo Records in 1987.

He has long had a passion for music, particularly enjoying soul and funk. The first live gig he saw was Wizard at the Victoria Theater and he is a big fan of Paul Weller, whom he even met after bumping into him on a trip to London.

Nick used to visit Music Box in Huddersfield and wanted to open a similar store.

The store started in Bull Green in 1987 before moving to Northgate and then Westgate Arcade, where it has been for 24 years.

Nick Simonet handed over the keys to Revo Records in Halifax

When he started, Nick said CDs were starting to get popular. Purchase of CDs then declined when music streaming began, but there was renewed interest in vinyl.

“People who came to sell their vinyls to buy CDs are now coming back to sell their CDs to buy vinyls,” Nick said.

“There are people who have been coming for 35 years. I am still in contact with the Saturday boys and girls and they come with their children now. It’s lovely.”

There have been some famous buyers at Revo since its debut, including Bruce Foxton from The Jam, Rick Witter from Shed Seven and, just last month, Sharleen Spiteri from Texas. After meeting Nick, the singer put him on the guest list for her band’s show at the Victoria Theater and even gave the store a shoutout, describing it as “the best record store in the world”.

Revo Records in Halifax will continue under new ownership

Orielles guitarist Henry Carlyle-Wade also worked at Revo.

The new owner of Revo Records plans to continue operating it as a record store.

“The legacy will live on,” Nick said.

Nick, meanwhile, plans to spend his retirement traveling with his wife Jacqui and enjoying their vacation home in Portugal.

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