The bright, small, entrepreneurial future of guitar stores

Eric Garland Music, Retail Trends Leave a Comment

I’m excited to share this podcast with you that I just did with Jason Verlinde, publisher of Fretboard Journal on the future of guitar stores. Mr. Verlinde tells me that he has been pummeled with my articles on Guitar Center being shared across his social networks, and he wanted to get my take on what else is going on in …

Guitar Center and the magical growth curve

Eric Garland Guitar Center, Retail Trends 3 Comments

It is time for an update on one of America’s most original and exciting retailers, Guitar Center, the operation that epitomizes American business in 2014, with all that this implies. If you’ve never read my work on Guitar Center, click here and get caught up. Don’t take too much time, because something new and insane might be announced. Ready? Here’s …

Guitar Center’s real problem: their customers are broke

Eric Garland Business Trends, Economic trends, Greatest Hits, Guitar Center, Retail Trends 17 Comments

Stephen Nellis at the Pacific Coast Business Times wrote a nice article about why Guitar Center’s future hangs in the balance of this last Christmas’ results and the debt-for-equity play by its major creditor. It is a nice summary of what has gone on so far, with a couple of opposing perspectives from Paul Majeski, the publisher of Music Trades …

Retail: Improve your experiences per square foot

Eric Garland Retail Trends Leave a Comment

I have been following Doug Stephens‘ work on the future of retail for several years now, and it is extremely rewarding. His blog is jammed with actual, usable insights, and his book The Retail Revival is absolutely unmissable. People write me – somewhat regularly! – to say things like, “Hey Eric, I wanted to thank you for recommending Doug’s book …

WSJ: Guitar Center to be acquired by its major creditor

Eric Garland Guitar Center, Retail Trends 30 Comments

Oh, Guitar Center. Back in November. I wrote a casual post about how their junk bond status would mean the company wasn’t doing great, much in the way that when your car is repo’d, you’re not too wealthy. It went viral. 150,000 views in five days. Their executives and employees protested. Oh, how they protested. They hatemailed. Crawled onto my …