Sunrise Records set to open in Aberdeen Mall

Canadian chain purchased HMV Canada locations in 2017 and recently bought out the rest of HMV

Music shoppers in Kamloops will soon have more CDs and records to flip through.

Sunrise Records will move into space in Aberdeen Mall this fall. An opening date has not been announced.

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It will be located in the mall's upper floor next to La Vie en Rose. The mall has yet to make any official announcement regarding the tenants that will fill the vacant Sears space where renovations remain ongoing.

Sunrise sells music on CD and vinyl, as well as movies, TV, apparel, games, electronics and gifts. It has locations in nine provinces across Canada and nine stores in B.C.

The chain was founded in Toronto in 1977 and marked a major expansion in 2017 with the purchase of HMV Canada’s assets after that company went belly-up, purchasing 70 of the former store’s locations.

That expansion went a step further in February of this year, when the chain bought out HMV altogether, including 100 stores across the UK.

The expansion has been the work of Doug Putman, who purchased the chain from Malcolm Perlman in 2014, when it had just five stores.

The chain now includes 85 locations, most of them in former HMV mall locations.

Despite stories of an increasingly difficult music retail environment, Putman told Canadian Press his stores are profitable and he is convinced he can buck the trend with both Sunrise and HMV, which was said to be losing $100,000 a day when it was in operation in Canada.

A job opening for full-time manager with the store has been posted online.

—with files from Canadian Press

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