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When the music is over: Heartbreak as Groucho’s era ends after four decades in Dundee

Alastair “Breeks” Brodie’s family said it was like “losing him again” after the legendary Groucho record store officially closed.

A moving truck was in the Nethergate store on Friday when the shelves were cleared, marking the end of four decades of trading in Dundee.

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Groucho will be emptied on Friday 11 September 2020.

The share has been stored and will be auctioned at a later date.

It is believed that some employees are planning a new business on Union Street called Thirteen Records.

Earlier this month, The Courier raised concerns about the music oasis as the store was unable to reopen after the lockdown, despite state restrictions on much of the retail sector being lifted.

Alastair “Breeks” Brodie in front of his Groucho’s shop.

At the time, Stella Brodie, who took responsibility for the business following the death of her husband and Groucho’s founder Breeks last year, said the business would be closed “until further notice,” but said nothing further.

The family has now confirmed that the company will be closed.

Dundee’s iconic record store, Groucho’s, will officially close when the store is cleared of inventory

Breeks’ nephew Chae Strathie spoke of his heartache when he saw the store empty.

“It is a very sad time for the business employees and customers, as well as Breeks family and friends,” he said.

“It’s just heartbreaking to see all of these records, CDs, DVDs, badges and T-shirts being emptied.

“Groucho was Breeks, so it feels like losing him again when you see the place finally closing its doors.

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“There will be many people who will shed tears when they realize this is the end of the road for this legendary store.”

Chae said Groucho had become part of the fabric of Dundee.

“In Groucho, there are so many memories bound for so many people,” he added.

“Dundee without Groucho just doesn’t seem right, but the city is lucky enough to have had the shop and Breeks for so long.

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“I know if Breeks were here, he would thank his loved ones over the years – they have been more like family to him – and the legions of loyal customers who made the place what it was.

“This weekend, Groucho’s fans should put on a piece of their favorite vinyl and take a glass to the best record store in the country and the man who made it.

“Both gone, but never forgotten.”

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Groucho’s had been closed for some time in late 2018 after the landlord of the premises announced its intention to sell the premises.

However, in February 2019, the future of the business was secured when a contract was signed with the new owner of the Jamal Property World building.

The agreement extended the store’s lease by five years. Breeks had hoped a buyer could be found for the business, but it didn’t materialize.

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Alastair Brodie in his business when it was known as the Grouchos Record and Tape Exchange and was based on Marketgait. He was photographed by us at the time after making badges urging then-Dundee United manager Jim McLean to reconsider his decision to step down. Photo taken on 11/7/88.

Founded in 1976, Groucho’s had many homes across Dundee before moving to its newest and final base of operations in Nethergate.

The shop’s famous fans included Johnny Marr, formerly The Smiths, and the recently deceased Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green.

When Breeks died last year, there was a lot of grief. Hundreds of people came to pay their respects at his funeral.

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