Music store closing its doors

Published 05/24 2013 08:59PM

Updated 05/28 2013 09:32AM

CHAMPAIGN -- It's the end of an era for a Central Illinois music store. Samuel Music will no longer sell guitars, pianos and other instruments. It's also closing some of its stores.

Employees say they're going back to their roots. Samuel Music started in 1946 in Effingham by a school band director and band is what it'll be focused on again.

That means closing two of its locations; one in Effingham and one in Champaign. Those stores sell guitars, drums, pianos and the accessories that go with them. Elizabeth Roepke is the regional manager in Champaign and says sales were going down due to competition and a declining market. That's why she says it makes sense to focus on what they're good at.

A warehouse in Effingham will stay open for its band division. It'll provide instruments and instruction for beginner students in local school bands. The retail store in Springfield is also staying open for now.

Champaign's store will officially close June 8 with a closing sale starting May 31. Ten of the company's 30 employees will lose their jobs.

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