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'Oldest' record store reopens in new Cardiff home
Pete Fowler's Spillers T-shirt
Artist Pete Fowler has created a new T-shirt to commemorate the opening

The Cardiff store dubbed the oldest record shop in the world has reopened in new premises a month after leaving its home of the last 60 years.

Spillers Records - founded in 1894 - has been hailed as a "lifeline" by the Manic Street Preachers who say it's where they got their musical education.

But the store on The Hayes closed at the end of June due to rising rents.

Staff reopen on Thursday after spending four weeks relocating stock to new premises in the Morgan Arcade.

Owner Nick Todd previously put Spillers up for sale in 2006 but continued to run the shop following public campaigns to save it from closure.

He hoped they would fare better in one of Cardiff's Victorian arcades than in what he described as "corporate alley".

Grace, Nick and Ashli Todd prepare the new premises for Spillers Records

"You've got to be positive - the Hayes has outgrown a business like ours," he said.

"I like the idea of going into the Morgan Arcade - we're more of an old-part-of-the-city business."

Mr Todd is handing over the running of the store to his daughter Ashli (right) who he says has "got more go in her."

The original store was opened by Henry Spiller in the Queen's Arcade in Cardiff in 1894, selling music on wax cylinders and shellac discs.

Spillers moved in the late 1940s to The Hayes where it became a mecca for fans and musicians alike.

Super Furry Animals, Cerys Matthews, the Coral and the Zutons were among the musicians who regularly visited the store.




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