NOW WITH THREE LOCATIONS!!!
Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill, NC!
Schoolkids Records first opened in 1974 in Raleigh, NC, across the street from NC State University. Since then, the store has expanded, contracted and expanded again over 42+ years and now has three stores in the heart of the "Triangle" near Duke University (Durham) and The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Yes, basketball season is fun around here!
We also have expanded our on-line store and service and have most of our inventory live on Amazon second-hand, which you can visit here: Schoolkids Webstore (US)
Coming soon, we will also have a branch in Dublin, Ireland and Schoolkids Records-Europe! (mail-order only)
Coming Soon: Schoolkids Europe! (mail-order only)
In April 2014, the Raleigh location opened a full bar and now serve over a dozen local and craft beers, with six taps, bar stools and stage for instores. In March 2015, we opened our second location at Bright Leaf Square in Durham, NC in 2015 and then took over the former space of CD Alley in Chapel Hill, NC with our third store in March 2016!
More on Schoolkids history: The store has often been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands in this area, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums or 7" singles at the store on consignment. Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost In The Trees and many others. The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records.
Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, The first national Coalition of Independent Music Stores and has also been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the "top ten" record stores in the United States. Recently many publications have written about the history of Schoolkids and its owner such as Raleigh's News & Observer, The Independent Weekly, The Durham Chronicle and NC State University's Alumni Magazine "Red & White For Life". On April 21st, 2011 (the store's 39th Anniversary and also national Record Store Day) Schoolkids broke a record and had the best sales day in their 39 year history. Customers lined up for over 4 hours to get exclusive vinyl releases by such artists as The Flaming Lips, Ryan Adams, Phish and Sigur Ros. The day also featured in-store performances by The Dexter Romweber Duo, Michael Rank & Stag, John Howie & Rosewood Bluff, The dB's Chris Stamey and Delta Rae.
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