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Sound Garden owner: Store in Downtown Syracuse will close

Owners of a record store that has been a fixture in Downtown Syracuse for years plan to close its doors after city officials failed to reach a compromise over an ordinance.
 (WSYR-TV)
(WSYR-TV)
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Owners of a record store that has been a fixture in Downtown Syracuse for years plan to close its doors after city officials failed to reach a compromise over an ordinance.

Owner Bryan Burkert and his attorney, Robert Romeo, attended a study session of the city’s Common Council on Wednesday.

Romeo confirmed that the store will close because it cannot comply with a new city ordinance.

The law requires secondhand dealers like The Sound Garden to log each used item bought from a customer into a database and hold the merchandise for a week before putting it on the shelves for resale.

Romeo said that a compromise offered by Common Councilor Jake Barrett would do nothing to stop the burden the ordinance would place on the Syracuse store.

Shoppers and supporters of the store have said the law is bogus because The Sound Garden isn’t a pawn shop and doesn’t deal in high-priced merchandise.

The attorney said Barrett’s compromise wasn't enough when it came to hours of operations, the amount of time used CD's and DVD's must be held, and the recording requirements.

He said that unless another councilor or the mayor’s office steps in to make a change, the store will close.

They declined to say when the store would close, but the lease extends through July 1.

Barrett says he has made every effort to reach a compromise but has given up.

According to the city, the mayor's office is working to resolve the impasse between the Common Council and the store's ownership.

They did not indicate whether a new store may open in the Syracuse area, outside of the city.

The store's supporters have produced a petition "Save Our Sound Garden," which is available online.

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