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Gallins purchases Allans Billy Hyde, flagship stores to remain

Good news for shredders, ponytails and shy indie-kids everywhere: Gallins has purchased the ailing Allans Music and Billy Hyde, effective immediately.

Con Gallin—managing director of Australian Music Imports (AMI) and Gallin's Musician's Pro Shop retail stores—confirmed today that "the flagship stores at Southport (Qld), Sydney, Alexandria, Parramatta (all NSW), Adelaide (SA) and Blackburn and Bourke Street, Melbourne (Vic) will continue to trade.  Mr. Gallin also confirmed today that the majority of the staff currently working in these stores will remain."

After being placed in involuntary administration in August, Allans Billy Hyde announced in October that it would cease operating, having failed to find a buyer for the ailing business. More than 500 staff have already quit or were being made redundant.

Gallin said in a statement today that the purchase was an exciting but difficult decision to make:

“My first job part time while at school was at Allans Music in Collins Street, Melbourne, and now I bought the company, although it wasn’t an easy decision as it’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment to rejuvenate these stores. We couldn’t sit back and let Allans’ 160 year history and Billy Hyde’s 50 year history of supplying instruments to musicians disappear forever. Mozart bought his first keyboard somewhere 250 years ago and The Beatles bought guitars and drums 50 years ago - the world will always need music and music stores offer everyone an opportunity to create it! Our passion is to be the best musical industry business in Australia for the benefit of our customers, both beginners and professional. Music and musicians is what it’s all about and the only reason we exist.”

The current liquidation sale—sparked off by last months announcement of the franchises imminent closure, and which has included all instruments, ephemera and actual fittings from the shops in question—will continue. Musicians wondering what they can buy from an empty shop will be pleased to know that AMI/Gallin’s will be adding stock from their warehouse and suppliers "to give consumers additional discounted items right in time for Christmas." Well played, Gallin.

Previously on TheVine: Eulogy for a dying shop

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