After more than four decades of providing music to West Chester, the Mad Platter will close its doors this summer, writes Malcolm Johnstone for the West Chester Business Improvement District.
Since opening in 1976, the Mad Platter has been a favorite destination for those seeking vinyl records and CDs. Today, it’s primarily a source of collectible and rare vinyl.
“We are going to miss West Chester,” said owner John Harton.
Reminiscing on the past four decades, Harton said that owning the record store has been a roller-coaster ride that perfectly encapsulated the trends in the retail music industry.
“When we opened our doors, analog records like Stevie Wonder and Saturday Night Fever were flying out the door,” he recalled. “CDs then became king, before Napster changed the industry in 2000. Now vinyl is back.”
Throughout the years, the Mad Platter hosted a number of local and national celebrities. The store has been visited by members of The Hooters, jazz artist Stan Getz, and Krist Novoselic from Nirvana.
Harton said that, once the store closes, the building at 111 West Gay Street will be renovated for a new tenant.
Read more about the Mad Platter from the West Chester Business Improvement District here.