Phoenix Business Journal: Record store plans pop-up shop in downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Business Journal: Record store plans pop-up shop in downtown Phoenix

May 7, 2019

Longtime Valley record store Zia Records is going to try out the downtown retail scene — at least for one weekend.

Zia Records is planning on opening a downtown pop-up shop at the Arizona Center on 3rd Street this month. From May 22-27, the independent chain of pop culture shops will be selling vinyl records, comics, collectibles, and exclusive Zia Records merchandise at the recently renovated development.

The timing is meant to capture the attention of people going to Phoenix Fan Fusion, which use to be called Phoenix Comicon. The pop culture celebration is happening that same weekend and will bring thousands to the Phoenix Convention Center.

“The recent changes at the Arizona Center have really blown us away,” said Jarrett Hankinson, Zia Records general manager, in a statement. “We jumped at the chance to be a part of downtown Phoenix’s vibrant scene during Phoenix Fan Fusion weekend and on Memorial Day.

Zia is partnering with other local purveyors of culture, FilmBar and Rebel Lounge, to put on a multimedia lounge at Arizona Center. The proceeds from audio/visual programing will go to Rosie’s House, a nonprofit music academy for children.

“When we heard about their pop-up store, it was a no-brainer to work with them on it,” Stephen Chilton of the Rebel Lounge said in a statement. “Hopefully we can bring something great to this spot.”

The Arizona Center recently wrapped up a $25 million renovation and is looking to add full-time retail and restaurant tenants.

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