After 75 years on the corner of Seventh Street and Cherry Avenue, Gilmore Music is closing its doors for good.
Since the death of the shop’s owner, Clint Gilmore, who died of cancer at 70 last year, Clint’s wife, Linda Gilmore, had stepped up to run the store. But owning a music shop was never what the former special needs educator envisioned for her life and for months she was actively looking for a buyer to take over, preferably someone who would want to continue Clint’s and Gilmore’s legacy as the city’s last independent, non-specialized music store and repair shop.
Despite her own attempts and efforts on behalf of the community to try and save the store, finding a new successor proved unsuccessful. The 5,000 square-foot storefront is in the liquidation process and will close down permanently May 31.
“My daughter and I really are sad that I have to close down the last music store in Long Beach. There is such a need for the arts,” Linda said.