The vinyl countdown – Edinburgh’s Ripping Records to close up shop

It has been the go-to place for music lovers in Edinburgh for 41 years but Ripping Records will close for the final time on the 22nd of November. The independent record shop, based on South Bridge, is closing as its owner John Richardson, 61, is retiring.

Richardson started Ripping Records after becoming interested in music following a car accident that ended his ability to play most sports. He says he plans to take a big holiday before doing voluntary work for animals.

Speaking to the BBC he says: “I had a couple of health scares earlier this year, which came to nothing, but they got me thinking I should maybe retire when I’m still really enjoying it.

“I’m a bit sad because customers have been saying it is the end of an era when I’ve told them of my plans to retire.

Whilst many other independent record shops have had to close due to the shift of people switching to buying music online, Ripping has survived by becoming the place to buy tickets for gigs and events. They famously had to close the street in 2009 as queues for T in the Park tickets brought traffic to a stop.

Richardson stated that running shop was as if he had never had a job in his life.

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