Sunrise Records Canada - New Stores opening thread.

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by jimod99, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Brenald79

    Brenald79 Forum Resident

    That’s disappointing. Last year was 20% off CDs and Vinyl. I called the store on the 24th to ask if they had sales and they said they weren’t allowed to tell me. Glad I didn’t drive the 45 min on Boxing Day.
  2. noname74

    noname74 We The North.

    I was in a local Sunrise this weekend and asked the Manager who I've known for awhile and was around when it was HMV how this Christmas season was sales wise for them and he only muttered a 'meh'. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more closings of less profitable stores as they expanded so quickly I'm sure they have a few they regret buying.
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  3. As long as they keep the Arctic stores open I am content.
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  4. Dream On

    Dream On Forum Resident

    Soon after it opened I visited Sunrise in the Pickering Town Centre. Not very impressive. It was just like HMV was at that location. Not much of anything interesting and prices that were on the high side. I should probably visit them again to see if they've improved.

    When HMV closed at the Oshawa Centre I was at first dismayed when I realized that Sunrise would not be taking over. It seemed like a good location. The HMV there was not bad. That store was relatively large.

    One day I went there to see what took over the lease. Figured it might be a shoe store or something. It's actually another music store called Now and Then. Sunrise could learn a thing or two from them! Lots of inventory, much of it stuff you wouldn't expect to see. Jazz, blues, classical, etc. Lots of vinyl. Even some imports and audiophile CDs.

    Sunrise definitely expanded too quickly and probably with not enough thought as to the store experience.
  5. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips? Thread Starter

    Vienna, Austria
    Now and Then are linked to the owners of Sam’s in Belleville, I think they also have a store in Kingston. I understand they aren’t allowed to use the Sam’s name for any new stores.
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  6. kevywevy

    kevywevy Forum Resident

    The Kelowna store had 20% off of everything in the last few weeks before January 1. Probably not a good sign. I've given up on buying box sets there. They are selling the John Lennon Imagine box for $130!! Even at 20% off the box sets were still overpriced. And the Hendrix Electric Ladyland box still hasn't shown up.
  7. VatiBobo

    VatiBobo Forum Resident

    Their boxset prices have always been way too high, often getting close to double the price than you can get online. The one near me seemed to be busy during the Christmas season, but it's a while since I have shopped there. The last time I did, I got some pretty good 40% off deals in the clearance bin but that was probably around the end of the summer. The independents are starting to get pretty expensive in Cambridge, so there usually isn't too much of a difference on full price individual records now. I think that the chain will survive, and possibly thrive eventually, but it's natural that there will be some closures as they figure out where they really need to be and what does or doesn't work.
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  8. noname74

    noname74 We The North.

    Definitely not a good sign. I was in a few of them across Ontario in that time frame and didn't see anything like that so perhaps it's only the stores in trouble/low performing that did it.
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  9. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

    London, Ontario
    The two Sunrise locations here in London are odd, to say the least. Neither has a King Crimson
    CD section, for instance. And I've never seen a copy of Portugal The Man's `Woodstock' in
    either shop. But today I was able to buy two `FM broadcast' CDs from Neil Young, which I
    did gladly.
  10. kevywevy

    kevywevy Forum Resident

    I noticed a couple of Springsteen FM Broadcasts in the Kelowna store. I also noticed one of the new release racks is now completely empty. . .

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