Bromley’s last independent music and film shop is being shut down

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 09 March 2017

Tha Glades, Bromley

Tha Glades, Bromley


Head in The Glades will be closing “within the next few weeks”

A well-loved independent music and entertainment shop in Bromley could be forced to close its doors.

Head, based in The Glades shopping centre has become well-known amongst music fans for its Record Store Day celebrations.

But after eight years at the centre, the shop is about to make way for a ‘major national retailer’.

The replacement is heavily rumoured to be HMV, which currently has a store on Bromley High Street, just outside the shopping centre.

With the store expected to close in a matter of weeks, more than 600 people have liked a Facebook page, “Save ‘Head’ Bromley”.

Manager at the store, Simon Faulkner confirmed the shop won’t make it to this year’s Record Store Day on April 22.

“I’m particularly sad about that, because it’s the 10th anniversary of RSD and the 10th anniversary of our company, so we had huge plans, I’m going to miss that, not just as the store manager but as a record fan too, other shops in the area get involved, but none like us.

“It’s very sad that we’re closing, but business is business. I can’t see us opening another store in Bromley.”

Centre manager at The Glades Kate Miller said: “Following the expiry of their lease we have agreed with Head that the store here will be closing within the next few weeks.

“Whilst this is obviously disappointing to the customers who continue to shop at the store, I can confirm that we are already in advanced discussions with a major national retailer who will shortly be joining us.”

“This is an exciting time for us as a centre following our returning to the name ‘The Glades’, and we are enjoying a period of tremendous growth and success in the region.

“This is underlined by our ability to attract high calibre national retailers to the centre, and we look forward to making further announcements soon.”

A spokesperson from the shopping centre said it was unable to comment on which store was about to move in.

We have approached HMV for comment.

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