New Music Go Round Set To Open Soon After Tornado

March 4, 2019
New Music Go Round Set To Open Soon After Tornado

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — More than eight months after it was damaged in a tornado, Music Go Round soon will reopen in a new location.

Harry McDonnell, who owns the music instrument store with his wife Linda, said they expect to open this week or the following week at 677 Kidder St. in the Triangle Plaza near Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in a site that formerly housed lease-to-own retailer Aaron’s before it closed.

They are waiting to get their occupancy permit and are still working on putting inventory in the store. Signs are up at the new store that is less than five minutes away from its previous location.

“Things are happening fast now,” McDonnell said. “We can’t wait to get going again.”

Music Go Round formerly was located in less than 5,000 square feet in the Ashley Furniture store’s building that was demolished on Mundy Street after the June 13 tornado.

Ashley Furniture reopened a new location in about 50,000 square feet of space behind the Wyoming Valley Mall that formerly housed H.H. Gregg before it closed and other vacant stores.

McDonnell said they were very fortunate that no one was injured in their store during the tornado. He said it was amazing that almost none of their inventory was damaged even though the Ashley Furniture building was heavily damaged and demolished.

“The damage for us was minor,” he said. “We lost not even five percent of our inventory. Most of the damage was to the storage room and offices. We survived really well. That was a the miracle right there. We were kind of tucked in and a little protected.”

McDonnell said they have been working with their staff for months to prepare to reopen the store. Among the work that needed to be done, a number of guitars in storage needed to be restrung.

“It has been a difficult, long and tedious process,” he said. “We’re really excited to get going. We all have been waiting so long.”

At Music Go Round, they buy, sell and trade used and new music equipment and accessories including guitars, amps, drums, keyboards, pro sound equipment and band instruments. The store also carries a broad inventory of new accessories from major brands and vendors.

“We have products in our store for every type of musician,” McDonnell said.

Twelve employees worked in the store. Two found other employment since the tornado and McDonnell said they are looking to hire people for sales positions to help musicians at all levels get the gear they need.

A post on Music Go Round’s Facebook page encouraged interested candidates with experience with musical gear and sales to email there resumes to sales@musicgoroundpa.com.

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dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh