L.A.'s last Virgin Megastore launches going-out-of-business sale
The Hollywood Virgin Megastore has started the process of cutting prices and emptying its shelves in preparation for an expected mid-June closing. It's part of the nationwide shutdown of the music store chain announced in March.
Here's the lowdown on what the closure means for shoppers from our colleague Todd Martens over at the L.A. Times' music blog Pop and Hiss.
"The countdown has begun. The last remaining Los Angeles outpost of the Virgin Megastore retail chain launched its going-out-of-business sale last week, with music, DVD and video game products marked down from 10% to 30%.
The clearance sale officially began Thursday. A weekend visit revealed the store to still be fully stocked, and as of Sunday night one would hardly know the store was on its last legs. April's music and DVD releases were on wide display, and most CDs and DVDs were discounted 20%. Those looking for video game bargains may have to hold out a bit, as discounts in the electronic department were largely at 10%.
The staff hasn't been given a timetable for the sale, and an official closing date has not yet been announced, said one of the store's workers. The largest discount right now is at 30% off, but that number will increase in the coming days.
If and when Pop & Hiss gets an official closing date, we'll update this post. A Virgin spokeswoman says the store is expected to close in mid-June.
The closure of Virgin will leave the neighborhood with one last notable record store -- the indie behemoth Amoeba Records. There has, however, been a recent influx of vinyl-centric stores in nearby communities."
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles