Hit new music shop set to smash Kent’s record for smallest vinyl retailer

Electric Palace Records in Tenterden, near Ashford, will make its debut this Christmas as the county’s littlest LP store.

In an exclusive interview with UNIfied, the soon-to-be manager of the shop, Henry Tragett was pleased to be announcing the shop’s opening on December 17th, just in time for the last-minute festive shoppers.

Vinyl fanatics of Kent will be pleased to hear that this humble 145 square-foot area will hold host to a large variety of music: “We’ve made very good use of the space and are going to go mostly for 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, a bit of jazz music and then we’ll be guided by what demand we have after that! In time we also want to create an internet business, selling records online.

“It’s not just going to be a little record shop, it’s going to be a music hub.”

“One of the things we’re going to try and do in the shop is very much is get involved with local, young artists and bands, and also sell tickets to gigs, it’s not just going to be a little record shop, it’s going to be a music hub.”

The interior is decorated with sanded scaffolding boards and industrial lights giving the place a real beachhut-come-hipster coffee shop vibe.

Manager, Henry Tragett, demonstrating how small the shop is!

Electric Palace Records will become the UK’s fourth smallest record store at 145 square-foot, being beaten by The Record Shop in Cheltenham at 100 square-foot. In second place is Marrs Plectrum in Peterborough at 79 square-foot and winning the title of the ‘UK’s smallest record shop’ is VOD Music in Flintshire at a tiny 67 square-foot!

However, Tenterden’s newest addition will take first place as Kent’s smallest record shop, which will replace the Steinwoods sandwich shop (on the far left of the picture below) which has stood disused for approximately 18 months.

The Fairings, Tenterden. Google Maps.

He continued: “We’re really trying to appeal to younger people because vinyl is coming back!”

Electric Palace has already given shoppers the opportunity to win a £20 voucher on their Facebook page.

“Vinyl is coming back!”

The 57 year-old and recent grandfather-of-one hopes that the family-run business will be a success: “My wife and I will open the shop but we’ve got quite a big family, so we are going to get other family members to help run it, so it will be a small family business”

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The shop floor along The Fairings in Tenterden, was discovered to have been used as part of an old cinema, which Tragett hopes to inform his customers of: “One of the things that we also want to tell people about is the history of the Electric Palace, because formerly that block was a cinema, back in the 1920s. Where my shop is, used to be the projectionist’s room, which is why it is so small.”

The Electric Palace Cinema, captured in 1914.

“Records have become an obsession!”

The 57-year-old was driven by his passion for music to open his own humble shop, after working part-time at his father-in-law’s Grammar School Records shop in Rye, which he describes as a fixation: “It started off as a hobby for me, working for my father-in law and now records have become an obsession!”

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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