Long after most record stores have closed and big box franchises have come to dominate New York, J&R Music and Computer World has remained a downtown institution and beloved New York icon.

According to The New York Post, however, big changes are underfoot for the music and technology mega-store. Owners Joe and Rachelle Friedman say it's time to modernize and adapt, but that doesn't mean the store is shuttering for good. 

“A lot has changed in these 43 years, including not only the way we listen to music and the technology products we sell, but the way people shop and socialize,” the Friedmans said in a statement.

While a few months without J&R's renowned selection is going to be a bummer, it should be interesting to see exactly how the Friedmans choose to update the store.

[via The New York Post]

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