S.F.'s Oldest Vinyl Shop, Aquarius Records, Will Close on July 4

After 40-plus years, S.F.'s oldest indie vinyl shop, Aquarius Records, will be closing its doors. It wont, however, be totally gone. 

In a letter posted to the store's website, owners Andee Connors and Allan Horrocks explained that they have sold the store to the reissue label Superior Viaduct, who also operates the record store Stranded in Oakland. 

[jump] “We really couldn't think of a much better fit than Superior Viaduct/Standred to whom to pass the torch,” they wrote. “At the end of the day, it's all about discovering great music, being enthusiastic about the bands and artists we love, and sharing that passion with others.” 

Aquarius will close on July 4 and reopen on July 29 after some renovations and a name change. It will then become the Bay Area's second Stranded location. 

Aquarius Records originally opened in 1970 and had two storefronts on Castro Street. The shop moved to Noe Valley in 1983, before settling at its current location in the Mission District in 1996. The store was known for its indie-rock collection, and commitment to unique and rare releases. 

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