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La. Music Factory Open on Frenchmen

by Stacy Coco 

The Louisiana Music Factory has made a swift return to the downtown market, closing their doors at their French Quarter locale and reopening on Frenchmen weeks later. The store held their soft opening on February 8 after moving from their old Decatur home to their new nest on 421 Frenchmen Street. Owner Barry Smith said although things have been very hectic and chaotic, the Factory made their moving deadline and were able to open their doors to the public.


“We are still not fully set up with every little thing,” Smith said, but noted the weekend sales were pretty good. Smith said the store had a reasonable Saturday and Sunday business crowd.


When asked about regulars visiting the new location, Smith was happy to report many regulars visiting the new spot.“We had some familiar faces and locals come into the store."


Smith expects to see more new customers since moving to the music-oriented Frenchmen spot.


While the store carries both CD’s and vinyl records, Smith said they noticed a lot more people coming in to purchase vinyl records. They plan to keep their inventory the same but will adjust their buying patterns based on the neighborhood’s purchases.


Moving from a two-story building to a single-floor layout has also helped a lot, Smith said. “It’s a big plus, and makes it easier to manage and see everyone.” The open floor plan makes for a more welcoming environment and gives Smith the opportunity to oversee the store.


The Louisiana Music Factory will host their grand opening on March 8. Smith said there will be a 20 percent off storewide sale and music from four local bands.



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