It's the end of an era as The Record Store in Howell plans to close their doors at the end of January.

It may come as a surprise that lack of business isn't the reason for the closure of the Route 9 fixture.

Jeff Laga, the owner of The Record Store, says that he's simply "not interested in the business."

I have seen many ups and many, many downs in the record industry. Honestly, my heart just ran out. I am just not enthusiastic about the business for the last few years.

It's sad because in this digital world we live in, The Record Store is a place you can go to discover and reminisce in a way you can't while sitting in front of a computer. Many local music lovers are bummed by this news.

If there's ever been a time to get to The Record Store, it's now. According to APP, most items are 20 percent off and that includes CDs, toys, books, and more. An official "Going Out of Business Sale" will start on Jan. 1.

As far as the iconic cassette tape sign on top of The Record Store, the owner says on Facebook it's something that would be great to save, but it's going to be a difficult task.

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