It’s a piece of Toronto history and if you’re music fan in the city, probably much more than that to you. After 46 years at the corner of Yonge and Gould, Sam The Record Man’s famous flagship store closed its doors for good Saturday.
Just as they have for many, many years, bargain hunters from all around the city flocked to the Sam’s store during its last days, picking through whatever was left in its famously messy racks.
“I came all the way down from Orillia, I had kind of heavy feeling in my heart when I was driving down here,” said Jan Korvo. “It’s really sad, I wish they would stay open.”
An auction was held Thursday to dispatch some of the memorabilia in the superstore, but the two most famous and iconic pieces – the front sign and neon spinning records – were declared historical landmarks by the city earlier in June. So, even though the store won’t be open anymore, the signs won’t be going anywhere.
And that’s good news for the nostalgic types, especially those that can recall waiting every December 26th for the city’s biggest music sales.
“Sam’s is part of the social fabric of Toronto,” said longtime customer Phil Dance. “Almost every Boxing Day … lined up in the cold.”