BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People lined up early Saturday morning to help a local record store owner celebrate her last Record Store Day in Baton Rouge.
The Atomic Pop Shop record store on Government Street, which was set to close after the end of May, will remain open after being purchased by new owners. The store's previous owner, Kerry Beary, is moving her operation to Charlotte, North Carolina despite the record store's success in Baton Rouge.
"I'm sad to leave, but excited for the opportunity in Charlotte."
Beary said sales at The Atomic Pop Shop, which first opened in 2011, increased by 20 percent each year. She also said 2017 was the shop's most successful year ever. She hopes to have an operation similar to her colorful record store once she relocates to Charlotte.
The Atomic Pop Shop has always hosted an event for Record Store Day, but Beary said this year's event is something of an "extravaganza." The Record Store Day celebration is featuring live music, giveaways, and deals on merchandise.
"We want to go out with a bang," she said.
The new owners, Charlotte Smith and Kevin Sweeney, will take over the operation on June 1.
"We have the inventory and nothing will change apart from the name which will be Pop Shop Records," Smith said in a post on Facebook. "After working with the landlords, we've managed to secure a great rate on a five-year lease, so we'll be staying in the current location on Government Street.
In a previous interview, when asked why she decided to leave, Beary said the terms of the new lease were not in the best interest of the business. However, she said the property owner had been very amicable to her over the last seven years.