Hoodlums Music and Movies in Tempe To Close in August (Temporarily?)

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Steve Wiley and Kristian Luce of Hoodlums Music and Movies
See also: Hoodlums Music Turns 13: Reflections From Owner Steve Wiley
See also: Hoodlums to Host "Hoodstock" Festival to Benefit Tempe's Broadmor Elementary

Sad news out of Tempe today: Hoodlums Music and Movies is going into "hibernation" on Wednesday, August 15.

It's a curious term, hibernation, but according to the latest newsletter issued by owners Steve Wiley, Kristian Luce, and "the hoodlums at Hoodlums," it's the best way to describe the plan.

"We're closing our Tempe Square location due to an unsuccessful lease negotiation, and we haven't decided which direction we are going to go," the note reads. "We are weighing options and opportunities. If Hoodlums re-emerges, we hope to have a refreshed outlook on whichever new direction we've decided to take. It will be a hibernation, not a hiatus."

There is that if, though.

"I say 'if' because one of the options may be not to re-emerge," the letter continues. "There's a lot to consider and as you may have heard, the music industry is a fast-mutating beast. We've succeeded as an independent record store during our industry's most volatile 14 years, but it's been a battle, to say the least. There's something to be said for moving in a new direction while the bills are still paid and we have the option."

This isn't the first time the Hoods crew have taken a break. In 2007, a fire at ASU's Memorial Union wrecked their former digs, prompting a hiatus until the store reopened in 2008 at Tempe Square on McClintock and Guadalupe. With prime placement next to indie bookstore Changing Hands, Mac's Broiler and Tap, and Trader Joe's, the store hosted annual Hoodstock festivals, featuring local bands in support of Broadmor Elementary.

Location Info


Hoodlums New & Used Music - CLOSED

6434 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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 I love the store. Don't love the location. Photo-radar intersection and the parking lot's always full because of Changing Hands. I would imagine they probably got tired of hearing the same thing from their customers (not all of whom are in Changing Hands demographic.) I wish them the best and hope they consider a "pop-up store" option like Eastside.


This is one of the best "indy" record stores in the country. The staff is passionate and very knowledgeable about music. And the prices are great. I hope they re-emerge somewhere in the Phoenix area.

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