Second String Music’s plans for the future have changed; Harts plans to close its store in June – Muddy River News
Rodney Hart and his wife Sheryl plan to shut down Second String Music next month. | File photo by David Adam
QUINCY — Six weeks ago, Rodney and Sheryl Hart’s plan was to sell their business, Second String Music, to new owners by the end of the year.
Today, the Harts say they will close their business on the corner of Fifth and Maine in June.
“It’s just time,” Rodney Hart said. “We’re doing well, but it’s disappointing. It was really difficult. This is partly because the bridge (Memorial) is closed (for much of 2021 and since March 14). It hurts us. We rely heavily on this road traffic. Closing the bridge certainly made our business more difficult.
Second string music has served musicians and music fans in Quincy and surrounding communities since opening in Eighth and Washington in March 2011. The business sells guitars, instruments, amplifiers, microphones, keyboards and other items for the budding musician. It also offers a full range of school band instruments for rent, as well as music books and accessories.
The Harts moved the business to the Dodd building in July 2012. They sold the building late last year to HM Capital LLC, a partnership of Quincyans Brian Hendrian and Andrew Mays, in late October for $280,000, according to Adams County records. Recorder’s desk. Mays and Hendrian established an office for their real estate investment firm on the fifth floor.
The Harts said in March they wanted to find someone, “hopefully local,” to take over the business.
“Let’s just say we had a pretty promising lead on someone taking over, and it fell through – not on our end,” Rodney Hart said. “We’re really bummed we couldn’t find someone to take it over because we believe great things can happen with the music store – but it just wasn’t.”
Closing Second String Music leaves only square music at 725 Hampshire as the only music store in Quincy.
All Second String Music items are now sold at a 25% discount.
Rodney Hart, 57, intends to continue offering guitar lessons to students of all skill levels. He says he is not sure what he will do next.
“I spoke to some people, I tried to understand,” he said. ” I have to do something. I can’t quite retire. Not yet. I could probably work part-time, but I’d probably go crazy if I did that. So I’m looking for the next big adventure. I would really like to stay in Quincy. I’ve had opportunities in Michigan, Phoenix and Denver, but I really don’t want to leave Quincy night yet.
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