Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years – but swiftly reopens in Store Street W1!

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

I was really saddened to hear of the imminent demise of one of London’s longest-serving music stores, Chas E Foote Ltd in Golden Square, London W1. (Update: the store reopens in Store Street, Jan 2013)

 

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

Founded in  1920 by Charles Ernest Foote and ‘run by musicians for musicians,’ the store has stocked drums, percussion, woodwind brass and string instruments for over 90 years, mainly in the former Premier Drum Company’s premises it took over in  the 1930s.

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

I’ve used the store many years, on and off, and have always found it a friendly place to get the latest drum gear and parts, or just pop in for a chat.

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

Sadly, rising central London rents and the relentless growth of online sales mean that Foote’s days are numbered, with the shop expected to close for good in the next few months.

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

Although the famous Foote’s shop will soon be gone, some of the staff are hoping to open up another, smaller shop fairly close by. I wish them good luck.

Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years

[Foote’s music store]
10 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JA.

6 Comments on “Footes drum store in central London to close after 90 years – but swiftly reopens in Store Street W1!”

  1. Hi David.. afraid you’ve jumped the gun a bit here… Footes is not closing.. it is relocating. The rent at Golden Square and the squeeze of the recession mean we are moving premises in the Autumn.. still in Soho so we can continue to provide the excellent service we’ve been renowned for since 1920 … if you email us your details sales@footesmusic.com we’ll let you know when and where we’re opening… great to know you rate us!!!

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