One of Dallas' oldest remaining record stores is closing. Hit Records, located in the Casa View Shopping Center at 10253 Ferguson Rd., will close after 46 years in business.
According to owner Ron Ross, the store's lease was up and he "couldn't meet the new terms."
That entire intersection at Ferguson and Gus Thomasson is in churn. The shopping center is getting a $10 million makeover, and some longtime tenants such as Casa Jewelers, which had been at the center since 1954, have been nudged out.
Hit Records was almost more museum than shop, with an extensive display of photos and memorabilia.
Most of the photos were Ross' own; he was a music photographer for 20 years, shooting for record labels and publications such as Buddy.
He began working at Hit Records in 1974, then bought the store in 1986. He's clung on despite a shrinking market for CDs and other hard media, and despite observing somewhat limited hours of 3-9 pm, and despite the fact that not all of the merchandise on display was actually for sale.
As recently as 2017, he told writer Jack Greuel that he was adamant the store would continue to exist, saying that, "as long as I keep low overhead, run it myself, all 7 days, and keep my overhead real low, I seem to be able to stay open."
With the recent passing of Bill's Records owner Bill Wisener, that makes two old-time record stores biting the dust.
Hit Records will host a two-day closure sale that'll run Friday January 31 and Saturday February 1, from 3-8 pm. "Cash and Cards ONLY - CASH TALKS!" the Facebook post says. "He would rather sell it than move it! Come see Ron and buy a piece of record store history!"