PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / Bee file, 2006

After 20 years at its midtown store, The Beat is trying to line up another site.

The Beat record store loses lease in Sacramento

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 - 6:36 am

The Beat, the independent Sacramento music store that has been a fixture at 17th and J streets for nearly 20 years, is looking for a new home.

Beat owner Rob Fauble said Monday that on March 1 he was given a 90-day notice to vacate, an action that dovetails with the expiration of the current lease.

Fauble said he hopes to find space near the shop's midtown base or perhaps in east Sacramento, where the business started in 1982.

But he conceded: "We've found that the availability of space is really limited. … There are not too many places we're finding within a reasonable radius of midtown."

The Beat's current midtown site is a spacious 12,800 square feet, but Fauble said he's confident that he can "put the squeeze on and have a quality business in about half that size."

He said offers have already been made for the former building at 21st and Q streets in Sacramento and about 7,000 square feet of space adjacent to Trader Joe's in Roseville Square, at Harding and Douglas boulevards in Roseville.

The large-windowed, brick building at 1700 J St., is owned by members of the Soehren family of Sacramento.

On Monday, Richard Soehren said the family cannot now make an announcement of a new tenant for the site. Soehren said his family built the structure back in 1926.

The building is being marketed by David Herrera and Mark Engemann with the Sacramento office of Colliers International.

As he has in the past, Fauble noted that the Soehren family has been generous and flexible about keeping The Beat at the site – including a rent reduction under the store's current five-year lease.

"I understand that they want to get the maximum out of that amount of space," Fauble said.

Fauble said he's open to all possibilities for the upcoming move, but added: "The meter is running. … I just don't want to wind up where we have to find a warehouse to put everything. We want to have a smooth move."

Amid stiff competition and a booming online music market that has pushed Tower Records and other brick-and-mortar retailers out of the local music scene, The Beat has survived by selling the old and the new – everything from vinyl records and old-school cassettes to CDs, DVDs and videos.

Musical genres in the retail store run the gamut: rock, pop, soul, dance, blues, reggae, jazz, rap, classical and collections.

The Beat also offers cash for select, used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and cassettes.

The Beat first opened at H and 56th streets, near California State University, Sacramento, in 1982.

Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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