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Repo returns with vinyl, CDs, collectibles – and a lot of history

By Courtney Devores
Correspondent
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JOHN D. SIMMONS - 2005 OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
Repo Records closed its doors in 2005. Monday marked the reopening of what was once a Plaza-Midwood landmark at 3325 Commonwealth Ave., between Briar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.

Monday marked the reopening of what was once a Plaza Midwood landmark: Repo Record (formerly Repo Records) opened a new location at 3325 Commonwealth Ave., between Briar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.

In the 1990s, Repo Records was a Plaza Midwood fixture owned by Jimmy “Repo” Parker. In fact, there were three Repos – two on Central Avenue (including a Repo Cheapo, with discounted merchandise), and another on Tyvola Road.

With the decline of traditional album sales, Repo closed its doors in 2005 and Parker continued to sell online. After eight years and a resurgence in vinyl sales, he’s back in the brick-and-mortar business.

The site is the former Heywood Sewing Center on Commonwealth, about a mile from Repo’s original spot on Central. In addition to LPs, cassettes and CDs, the new Repo will carry collectibles, posters, T-shirts, lunchboxes, magazines, action figures and stereo gear. It’ll also carry new vinyl, specializing in reissues.

The store is dropping the “s” to avoid confusion with a Repo Records in Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. It will stay open later (around 8 p.m.) Friday and Saturday, and is closed Sunday.

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