Nielson’s Music Store owner Glen Chamberlain will be retiring after 32 years.
Nielson’s Music Store owner Glen Chamberlain will be retiring after 32 years. Scottie Simmonds

Nielson's Music plays last song

A WELL-KNOWN name in the Bundaberg business community for more than 80 years will be no more after the end of this month when Nielson's Music Store closes.

Owner Glen Chamberlain said he was planning to close the store and retire.

"I will have owned Nielson's Music Store for 32 years on February 2," Mr Chamberlain said.

"I will be 76 on Australia Day and I reckon it's time to call it a day."

Mr Chamberlain said the business had been called Nielson's Music Store since the early 1920s.

"I bought it from the first owner, who wasn't a Nielson, and I've been running it under that name ever since."

Mr Chamberlain said when he first took over the business it was a very active record store that also sold musical instruments.

"Things started to change when CDs came out, and stores like Target got into that business," he said.

"They started selling CDs in a supermarket-type setting.

"We had been well known for satisfying people's specific tastes, but we couldn't carry the volume to compete."

Mr Chamberlain said he planned to sell all the stock and close the store by January 31 or maybe a little earlier.

He said he was unsure how long the business had been operating.

"We've got a lot of evidence that it was a going concern in 1927, so it must go back earlier than that," he said.

"We probably can claim to have the longest-running post office box number, number 124."



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