You could only pack so many guitars, mandolins, drums and amps on a single shop floor, said Jim Lincomfelt of Woody’s Music.
If business was going to expand, he said, the store would need to expand.
Staff at Woody’s Music, a longtime staple in Rock Hill, packed up all of the acoustic guitars, flutes, trumpets and picks last weekend and moved from its home since 1995 on Charlotte Avenue to 1118 Cherry Road.
The new location is three times larger, said manager Glenn Jones.
“We just grew out of it after a while,” said Jones, who opened the shop for business Monday at the Cherry Plaza Shopping Center. “Even after we got out of the CD business, we brought more music items into the shop and business got good. We needed a little more square footage.”
Jones said he can finally take several items out of storage and onto the larger shop floor. Woody’s now features several options of cellos, saxophones, clarinets and guitars sitting just outside of earshot from three lesson rooms.
22 Woody’s Music of Rock Hill operated out of its Charlotte Avenue location for 22 years before moving this month to a new space on Cherry Road
Lincomfelt, who teaches at the shop, said the hope is to create a dedicated room to teaching drums and possibly piano.
He said the new digs will allow a lot more breathing room for customers and staff members alike.
“A lot of local clientele had a faulty notion we were a small music store,” Lincomfelt said. “And they thought that for good reason because we were a small shop. But we had a lot more than we could show, and now we can show that.”
Music lovers from high school-age to experienced band members have rolled through the Woody’s Music doors since the store opened in the early 1990s. Often, customers will show up from out of town because they’ll see advertisements for old or vintage pieces, Lincomfelt said.
A lot of local clientele had a faulty notion we were a small music store. And they thought that for good reason because we were a small shop. But we had a lot more than we could show, and now we can show that.
Jim Lincomfelt, teacher at Woody’s Music
He expects that won’t change with the venue.
“I’m really hopeful it’ll be the premier place in Rock Hill to fit your music needs,” he said.