The co-founder of a global event to celebrate independent record stores has vowed to fight off the nightmare scenario of closing his own store.
in one of the people behind Record Store Day
, which has grown into a worldwide opportunity for music fans to buy limited edition products which big-name acts only sell via non-chain outlets.
But his Criminal Records
business in Atlanta, Georgia is under threat after experiencing challenging conditions for the past three years.
Levin moved to a bigger store in 2008 just ahead of the world financial meltdown, tripling his overheads, then last year was faced with a repair bill believed to be around $14,000 following an ice storm.
Now he says he'll either find a solution to his firm's problems by November 1 or shut up shop.
He tells Spin: "We were doing what we were supposed to do growing. We bit off more than we could chew and we got too big.
" He believes Criminal's situation is not connected with those experienced by the wider independent store community, who are suffering through chain-store pricing policies and the decrease of physical media sales.
Levin says he'll "pay the man
" or leave on his deadline day, and he's working on a campaign to save his firm. A Facebook support page
has already gathered 5500 likes.
Record Store Day is celebrated in mid-April. The fourth event last year involved over 1000 outlets and hundreds of bands.
Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com