After 40 years, Randy’s Record Shop is thriving in the vinyl revival

(Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune) Randy Stinson among his stock of LPs in the back of his Salt Lake City record store on Thurs. Oct. 4, 2018. Randy's Records has been in business for 40 years this month.

Walking through the doors at Randy’s Record Shop is like stepping into the past — back to a time when vinyl was king and CDs, let alone Spotify, didn’t exist. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The modest-looking store at 157 E. Harvey Milk Blvd. (900 South) in Salt Lake City is stuffed with tens of thousands of records — albums, 45s, even some 78s. It’s staffed by people who are, if possible, even more enthusiastic about music than the customers, led by founder/owner Randy Stinson, who opened for business in October 1978.

He credits the store with giving him focus after his service in Vietnam, where his brother had sent him the latest releases and homesick soldiers crowded around to hear them. He worried about closing in the 1980s: CDs were suddenly being sold everywhere, from new music shops to grocery stores, and Rhino Records stopped reissuing classic albums on records.

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