HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Popular music store Amoeba Music will be demolished and replaced with an apartment complex, but the store plans to reopen nearby with new additions to their merchandise.

According to the LA Times, Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to approve zoning that that will allow the development of a 26-story complex at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevard where Amoeba Music is currently located.

The building, which opened as the music store in 2001, was sold to developer GPI Companies in 2015 for $34 million.

“Amoeba has every intention of remaining in L.A.,” Amoeba’s Jim Henderson told The Times in 2017. “Rest assured, we are NOT closing, but we are now in a position where we may have to change locations in the coming years.”

According to Variety, Amoeba Music’s co-owner, Marc Weinstein said in 2018 that Amoeba’s L.A. store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset Boulevard.

Alongside the move, Amoeba has announced plans to acquire a dispensary license at the new location, wherever that may be.

In 2018, Amoeba’s Berkeley location opened Hi-Fidelity, the companies first marijuana dispensary.

The addition of marijuana sales was reported by the Times to diversify “profit streams in a music retail landscape that has been on a steady decline since the rise of downloadable digital files in the late 1990s.”

Weinstein reported to Variety that wherever the new location ends up, they will “be diligent” in securing the necessary permits from the city of Los Angeles for its own dispensary.

Although a revival in vinyl sales and annual events such as Record Store Day have helped sales at brick and mortar music stores, it has not helped sales enough to help counteract the steady decline of compact disc sales.

According to a 2018 market report by industry analyst BuzzAngle, CD sales in 2018 fell by 18.5% over the year prior.

Wherever the new location for the beloved store ends up, music lovers in Los Angeles can rest assured that they will still be able to get their hands on their favorite albums.

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  1. I remember talking to a friend of mine who works at one of the majors about Amoeba when he was showing me photos of a famous artist posing there. I always thought the store was a front for something and wondered how they could afford such a large space in Hollywood. Now it looks like it will actually be a front for weed lol. He told me the store makes millions a year and makes a lot of extra money from live performances and could easily afford the space. From what I’ve read elsewhere, they were always planning on moving as they sold the land and building and were renting. It’s just a business decision. I think they have plenty of money.

    Drug dealers in the 90s, sells mixtapes on the side. CD stores in 2021, sell weed on the side lol. I guess they thought they used to be sold together so why not lol.

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