After four decades of selling, renting and teaching musical instruments in Westminster, Coffey Music is closing its doors on Saturday.
Owner Bobby Coffey, 63, said the business would close permanently after 38 years in business this weekend.
Last month, Coffey Music launched a storewide sale and sharply reduced its stock of musical items. The rest will be purchased by Menchey Music Service of Hanover, Pennsylvania, a regional school music dealer with a retail store in Westminster. Menchey Music will also provide a repair service to all of Coffey Music’s exceptional instrument rental customers.
Coffey said the closure of his store was “bittersweet”.
“People will miss me,” he said. “The love and support from all of my customers really touched me when we announced the closure.”
Coffey Music opened on Main Street in Westminster in 1984, but not in its current location. For 12 years the store operated in the Winchester Exchange, but in late 1996 Coffey purchased the former TW Mather & Sons store at 31 E. Main St., and spent nearly a year putting together the financing and renovating the building for the new home of the music store. . The store remained in this location, with space for selling merchandise and studios for music lessons on two floors, from late 1997 through Saturday.
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Westminster Councilmember Tony Chiavacci, a longtime Carroll County resident, said Coffey Music served as a cornerstone for Main Street. Chiavacci remembers making many trips to the store over the years to buy musical instruments such as guitars, ukuleles and a saxophone.
“The store has impacted thousands of residents and there are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of musicians who at some point have taken lessons, obtained materials or received advice from Bob and his staff,” said said Chiavacci.
Coffey agreed that his store had left a lasting impression on the children and residents of Westminster and the rest of Carroll County.
“Our legacy will be community support and community outreach,” he said, recalling many past instrument demonstrations in elementary schools, to get kids excited about learning to play music.
“It’s a business, but it’s also a passion for music, which is a very important part of people’s lives,” he said.
Coffey said the store closing on Saturday would be emotional, but he’s excited about the future.
“Looking forward to the next chapter of my life is also exciting, without having the stress of owning the business,” he said. “It’s going to be tearful just to realize it’s the end of a chapter, but [I have] many good thoughts and many good memories.