Spotts closing Indiana store
June 23, 2013 3:00 AM
by HEATHER ROTH

Citing poor performance due to the recent economy and competition from Internet sales, the owner of Spotts Music Center on Oakland Avenue said the store will be closing at the end of June.

The music lessons, instrument repair and service, and the school music programs will continue, and the location in DuBois will continue to operate.

“I would like to say thank you to all the great customers we’ve had over there,” said owner Mark Kephart. “We’ve established a lot of relationships.”

Spotts has been open since the early 1990s. Kephart said little purchases, such as books or accessories, were doing well out of the store, but that big-ticket items like instruments were not.

“We made a decision to close that location,” he said. “It just has not performed to the level that it needs to over the past several years.”

He said the “pull back” in spending in general combined with increased competition from online businesses has affected retail stores in general, including Spotts.

But Kephart also said that he will continue to offer lessons out of the store’s location for the time being, until he is able to sell the building. At that point he said he would evaluate whether to continue with lessons elsewhere.

“We want to keep those students playing as long as we can, taking lessons as long as we can,” he said.

Spotts also runs a program through area schools where parents can order items online and have them delivered to their child’s school; that program will continue, as will the instrument rental program.

And Spotts will continue to service instruments and install sound systems in the Indiana area, he said.

“(I want to) re-emphasize the fact that we are not going out of business, we are just shuttering that location because of the lack of performance in that marketplace,” Kephart said.

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