Real Groovy is New Zealand’s largest retailer of new and used music, books, games and DVDs.
Its 438 Queen St location had become ingrained in the public consciousness after 25 years in business.
When it was announced the tenants were putting the site up for sale for apartments, the company was good natured and took it in its stride.
Staff members submitted plans for a “multi-storey robot building”.
They even posted a photograph of the Queen St climate march where signs had been cheekily Photoshopped to say things like, “Don’t shift” and “Best Christmas shopping! I [heart] Real Groovy!”
Long-time fans of the shop’s location will be delighted to know that Real Groovy isn’t moving very far away – in fact, it’s moving right across the road.
It will be opening a store at 369 Queen St Rd, which was previously a Salvation Army church.
The pews will be removed, but the altar and stage will stay.
Whilst there’s a nostalgic sadness about leaving the shop space he’s been in for 25 years, Real Groovy owner Chris Hart says he’s looking forward to the move.
“We had a good run in the old shop, 25 years, and that time saw a huge amount of change. But we’re really excited about moving: the new shop is something special. I couldn’t imagine a better location or space for Real Groovy,” Hart says.
He says the new space the shop will be moving to will have over two levels of retail.
“The auditorium on the ground floor is a massive space: it’s the same kind of scale as the old store, but way groovier, absolutely perfect for us. And there’s a huge basement where we’ll be putting our vinyl department, giving it the room to grow that it needs,” he says.
The old store will remain open until January 17 hosting a big sale, while the new store will open from Friday January 7, 2016.
The company is encouraging customers to come take one last nostalgic visit to the old Real Groovy site before the wrecking ball knocks it down.