Overnight, it has been seen via the Dawsons Music website that the music instrument shop on Sankey Street would be closing after a tough time of trading for High Street stores. No date has been set but the store expects to remain open for the next six weeks or so, with all store stock put on sale.
The short statement reads as follows:
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of this store. We have tried to maintain a presence in the town for as long as we can but it is unfortunately no longer viable. We would like to say thank you to all of our customers and to wish you all the very best in your future musical endeavours. Your nearest stores are Chester & Manchester.
Anybody who has lived in Warrington for any length of time will know that the go-to place for music and musicians has been Dawsons Music – where they have been since 1898 and at 65 Sankey Street for over 100 years (since 1914).
From the days of selling everything from gramophones to coach trips, from Ringo’s first drum kit to Jack Bruce’s jack leads, the company have been providers of some of the best musical equipment from the best suppliers in the business. Dawsons Music was established in 1898 in Warrington by John Dawson, a piano tuner, who opened the shop to cater for growing demand from people wanting to buy new instruments.
2004 saw the north west based company working with Farida Guitars as the sole UK distributor. Through its association with Dawsons, Farida established relationships with artists like Frank Turner, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Vaccines, creating limited edition ‘signature’ guitars for each artist.
It is unfortunately the latest casualty in the town which has seen the likes of Toy’s ‘R’ Us, Maplins, Grainger Games and many more close. Dawsons have also announced the closures of Altrincham and Huddersfield stores, leaving 8 in total remaining.
Dawsons have been a great help for me, selling me two fantastic guitars, always keen to support local events and even allowing us to film a series of acoustic sessions in the store. We wish the staff the very best in weeks ahead.