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Looney Tunes Record Store Merging With Store 54 in Allston

Matt Dolloff - CBS Local
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Matt Dolloff / CBS Radio Boston

Matt Dolloff / CBS Radio Boston

After over 33 years in Boston’s Back Bay, local record store Looney Tunes is moving to a new location at 16 Harvard Ave. in Allston where it will join up with fellow retro music & art destination Store 54.

Owner Pat McGrath told the Boston Globe in a recent interview that the move will be a “piece of cake,” despite the over 250,000 vintage records that sit in his store, many of which collecting three decades worth of dust.

He’s also expecting many of the store’s regular customers to continue visiting Looney Tunes at its new location.

Tucked into the basement of the old 1892 Allston firehouse, Store 54 is definitely a smaller location, and even more eclectic.

It describes itself on its Facebook page as an “old school Allston thrift/vintage/art/performance space.”

McGrath hinted at the rising cost of property on Boylston St. and the surrounding areas in Boston as the reason for the move, saying “The fabric of a neighborhood changes…and with that, the rent can change, too.”

Adding Looney Tunes’ huge collection of CDs, DVDs and records can only boost business, plus launch an interesting new partnership among local record stores.

The new store could provide an interesting alternative for visitors of In Your Ear! on nearby Commonwealth Ave.

It may have to increase its hours of operation, however, which are currently listed as only Thursday – Sunday, noon – 6PM.

Have you bought records from Looney Tunes before? Does the move change your mind on whether you’d go there again?

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