McAlister Matheson Music

It is with sadness that we have to inform all our customers that, after 25 years, McAlister Matheson Music will be closing for good on Saturday 4 March at 5.15pm. Anne is retiring, and has been trying to find a buyer for the business for the last year, but to no avail.
Business will continue as normal until the last week, with key new releases arriving, and orders being taken until 10am on Monday 27 February for items we don’t have in stock. Discs will continue to be sent by mail order up to and including Friday 3 March.
Many items have already been substantially reduced in price in our January sale. As our closing date approaches, many more items will be added, and further reductions will be applied. We hope that you will be able to call in to say goodbye, and perhaps pick up a bargain or two!
Assai Records, a rock and pop vinyl retailer, will be taking over the premises, and they expect to open in early April. It is not yet clear whether they will be stocking classical CDs; Assai Records is not a classical specialist, but they should be able to order discs. Customers wishing more information should email them at at the beginning of April.


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