There is some very sad news about this popular record store chain in Wisconsin.

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I'm sure it's not too surprising since I work at a radio station, but I'm a huge fan of music. In fact, music is my "thing." I collect vinyl, CDs, DVDs, shirts, posters, and other memorabilia from all my favorite bands.

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I really enjoy checking independent record stores because you can usually find some hidden treasures. We're very lucky in Rockford because we've got some great local places. I'm all about going on music adventures and visiting places in other cities too.

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Wisconsin Is Home To Popular Record Store Chain

One of my regular stops is the Exclusive Company in Janesville. It's actually a chain of stores with other Wisconsin locations in West Bend, Appleton, Green Bay, Greenfield, Oshkosh, and Milwaukee. They are the oldest group of independent record stores in the United States.

Sad News For Wisconsin's Oldest Record Store Chain

It's very sad for music fans in Wisconsin.

According to,

"After 66 years of bringing music and memories to generations throughout Wisconsin, it is with a heavy heart we announce The Exclusive Company will be closing all of our stores in the coming months."


"This sad development has come about due to the sudden passing of our founder and owner, James “Mr. G” Giombetti."


"In celebration and appreciation of our long-time loyal customers who have so faithfully supported us for the past 66 years, we will be passing on never before seen savings on all of your favorite music, equipment, and accessories."

Do yourself a favor and visit one of the Exclusive Company locations before they are gone forever. For more info, HERE.

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