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Black Market Records closes after 27 years

Long running record shop closes

London record shop BM Soho (formerly Black Market Records) has closed after 27 years of service. Only a few days after its owners had announced new opening hours, the store had been emptied of stock with a sign reading “due to circumstances, BM Soho has to close” attached to its window. Online, it announced that it was closing "due to contractual dispute over the building" and its landlord assumed the building would soon be part of the regeneration of Soho, which has led to the demolition of club Madame Jojo's.

Black Market opened in 1988 and quickly became one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of new dance music and a hub of the London club scene. It became renowned for its exhaustive stock and informed staff, which included DJs and producers Nicky Blackmarket and Ray Keith. At the time of writing, the property at 25 D’Arblay Street was still available to let.