Track One Music closes doors after 40 years
Saturday marked the end of an era in Wicklow town as Track One Music Store closed its doors for the final time after 40 years of business.
Located on Abbey Street, the store opened in 1979 and was one of the most recognisable landmark shops in Wicklow. Having decided to call it a day, proprietor Sean Olohan held a three-day closing down sale, starting on Thursday and ending on the final day of business on Saturday.
Despite the closure of Track One, Sean said he isn't retiring, but is instead taking a different direction in life.
'I'm not retiring, I'm just giving up the business. I'm too young to retire. I will still have a presence online and will continue to look after clients.'
Track one was an independent music shop, selling CDs, tapes and vinyl but also specialised in musical instruments, from guitars and banjos to ukuleles and mandolins. Sean also stocked accessories for instruments, TVs, Hi-Fis and framed photographs of some of the most iconic locations in the Garden County.
The changing face of retail played a major role in Sean's decision to close.
'I could complain and make lots of excuses but really there is no point. Unfortunately, retail in small towns, and big ones, is coming to an end. This is the modern day and the "big shop" in the sky or in the clouds is where people shop now. Small shops can't compete. I will still be involved in music and should now have more time for writing and recording,' Sean said.
He will also continue his role with Wicklow and District Lions Club and is their current President.
'My involvement with Wicklow Lions is huge and naturally that will continue. I will also get involved in other charities and am open to ideas from people and local businesses.'
He has witnessed a great deal of change over the past 40 years and readily admits he will miss the day-to-day contact he enjoyed with customers and the comradery he enjoyed with retailers located nearby.
'When I started off, it was all vinyl. CDs didn't even exist yet. Vinyl has made a bit of a come back recently but personally I think it's only a fad. I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported the shop through the years. I will miss the many people who would drop in for a chat. I will miss it all but I won't be far away,' said Sean.