Local record store, Plan 9 Music, closed

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WCWM has lost a major supplier as of late. A source at Plan 9 Music’s Richmond headquarters confirmed that the CD retailer’s Williamsburg location is now closed. Its last day of operation was Feb. 21, the source said.

The spread of online music downloading, both legal and illegal, has left the store hurting, with CD sales having been on a downward trend for years.

Plan 9’s Williamsburg manager described the situation last April, leading up to Record Store Day.

“There’s no way to paint a happy picture,” Manager Chris Kelly said. “It’s tough times. The general economic climate in Williamsburg is not good. But we have some loyal customers who are hanging on to us, and we appreciate that.”

Plan 9 previously closed stores in Harrisonburg and Roanoke, but its locations on Cary Street in Richmond and at Albemarle Square shopping center in Charlottesville continue to operate.

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