Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included reference to a restaurant operating in the new Back Alley location. Plans for the restaurant have changed since the interview.
The owner of a popular Charlottetown record store is eager to move his business to a new location where it will be business as usual, but with a twist.
Pat Deighan, who took ownership of Back Alley Music in 2010, will open his new location at 257 Queen St. on Jan. 10.
Deighan and his wife Meghann originally hoped to purchase the store’s current Great George Street location, but it was sold and they weren’t able to but it, something Deighan said was disappointing.
But when the Queen Street location, which for more than 20 years housed Alice Faye’s Hair Salon, went up for sale, the Deighans didn’t waste any time.
“This opportunity arose and we jumped at it as fast as we could,” he said.
Deighan has spent this past year collecting used vinyl from here to Ontario and down through the United States and can’t wait to display it in January.
“One exciting part of the new store is, we’re going to be flooding it with about 3,000 used vinyl,” he said, adding none of it is on the floor at the current location. “We’re sitting on all that now.”
Deighan hopes to have some in-store concerts at the store in the new year, with the East Pointers confirmed to play in January.
“We’re going to call up some of our musician friends to do some special events over the first six months.”