Now Open: Revolver Records in Tempe
The record store gods giveth and they taketh away. Over the past six months or so, they've imparted another iteration of Eastside Records in Tempe, a mega-sized Zia Records on Camelback, as well as the equally quaint Record Room in Scottsdale, while claiming beloved East Valley shops like Rockzone and the beloved Hoodlums.
Benjamin Leatherman The vinyl frontier awaits at Revolver Records in Tempe.
Their latest gift to the vinyl-loving masses debuted this past weekend when Revolver Records opened up a second location near McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue in Tempe.
When Up on the Sun asked owner T.J. Jordan about why he launched an East Valley counterpart to Revolver's downtown Phoenix location, his response was quick and to the point: "Too many records."
"I bought three or four massive collections right around November," he says. "And there ended up being a huge influx of records that there was no way they were gonna fit 'em all into the downtown store."
Other factors involved with the new store, he explains, include a longstanding desire to expand into Tempe and the departure late last year of former Revolver co-owner Steve Zimmerman, who partnered with Jordan to open the store's original location on Seventh Avenue in 2007 and its relocation to Roosevelt Row two years later.
"We had always wanted to do a Tempe store anyway, even after we moved from Seventh Avenue to downtown. It was in the process two years ago, but a deal fell through," Jordan says. "And that was a good thing because shortly after that fell through [Zimmerman] told me that he was moving to Delaware. So we put the Tempe thing on hold and dealt with him leaving."
He adds that the pair picked downtown Phoenix for the first two Revolvers because it was convenient.
facebook.com/revolverrecords Stacks of wax inside Revolver Records in Tempe.
"Steve lived way out west and I lived way south, so that was kind of a middle ground for both of us," Jordan says. "But once Steve told me he was moving, I was like, 'Okay, we can do the second store thing now.'"
Jordan says he picked the particular spot at the Southern and McClintock strip mall for Tempe's Revolver because it was next door to one of his regular coffee spots Xtreme Bean.
"And that's how we've chosen the locations for Revolver in the past. We picked the downtown spot because I used to go to Carly's all the time and we originally picked Seventh Avenue because I used to go to Copper Star Coffee," he says. "So I would go to Xtreme Bean, have coffee, look across, and was like, 'There's an open space there. Let's give it a shot.'"
Having a spot in the East Valley also made it easier it easier for Jordan to bring in former Hoodlums employee Andy Othick, who lives in Tempe and lost his longtime position at the now-defunct record emporium when it closed last year, to help run the new location.
"He just happened to fit in perfect with us, so that was just perfect timing," Jordan says. "So I had the people, I had the product, and I had the location, so we did it."