Timmons Says Ear X-Tacy Must Change

by Gabe Bullard on February 12, 2010

The owner of the Ear X-Tacy record store says he will do whatever he can to keep the store open, but he’s not sure what that is just yet.

Ear X-Tacy founder John Timmons released a statement this week saying he was concerned for the store’s survival.┬áSince that announcement, there’s been an outpouring of support online. Timmons says he would like to see the same support in the store.

“If every one of the 19,000 people on our Save Ear X-Tacy Facebook page came in here and spent a dollar a day for a month, this store could live for a few more years,” he says. “It’s that simple.”

At a press conference Friday morning, Timmons elaborated, saying his lease is up in March and the store needs to make more money to stay open.

In this regard, he says he’s not alone.

“This applies to so many locally-owned independent businesses here in Louisville,” he says. “I just decided to put a face on what’s going on in the Louisville community. We all take things for granted.”

Timmons says he will also have to change his business to adapt to changes in the economy and the music industry. He’s not sure what the new direction is, but he says he’s open to suggestions.

You can hear the whole announcement here (mp3)

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