‘IT FELT LIKE HOME’: AFTER 40 YEARS AS A DOWNTOWN LANDMARK CHEAPIES IS CLOSING

'It feels like part of Hamilton is leaving,' says long-time customer Stephanie Silva

Customers packed Cheapies Sunday after the record and tape shop announced it's going to close at the end of March. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

As Brian Jasson looked out over the crowded aisles of Cheapies on Sunday afternoon, he was transported back to the days when his store was packed this way every day of the week, with music lovers poring over albums and picking through records.

Outside the shop the iconic florescent sign with the offering of “Music, Games, Video” still flashed above King Street East, just as it has for the past 40-odd years.

But the massive front windows, traditionally festooned with advertisements for the hottest singles were papered over with big red letters announcing “STORE CLOSING.”

For some, those two words explain why the store was filled to the brim with shoppers hoping to score a final deal before the doors close for the last time at the end of March.

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