New music store downtown

Downtown Red Deer will soon have a melodious addition to its retail lineup. Music Centre Canada is preparing to open at the corner of Gaetz Avenue and 48th Street at No. 107, 4815 50th Ave. — the former site of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Downtown Red Deer will soon have a melodious addition to its retail lineup.

Music Centre Canada is preparing to open at the corner of Gaetz Avenue and 48th Street at No. 107, 4815 50th Ave. — the former site of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The business will sell a wide range of musical equipment and accessories, as well as provide lesson on various instruments and perform repairs.

“We’ll carry just about everything,” said franchisee Mitch Day, who will own the Music Centre Canada store with his wife Morgan.

“All instruments: pianos, drums, guitars, brass instruments, everything.”

Their premises’ 2,900-square-foot layout will include four lesson studios, where guitar, piano, drum and voice will be taught, as well as other instruments as demand requires.

Staff will include Ray Repp, who was a manager at the former Milestone Music store in Red Deer.

Day said he’s hoping to open on Nov. 1.

“It looks like we should be ready for that.”

Music Centre Canada has a half-dozen stores in Alberta, and was eager to open in Red Deer, said Day.

“I think there’s great potential here,” he said, noting the city’s rapid growth and young population.

Being part of the Music Centre Canada network gives him the benefits of buying power and access to resources, said Day. But he still has a great deal of autonomy.

“They give the owners a lot of freedom to kind of do things the way they want to do things.”

Day, who grew up in Red Deer and is a lifelong musician, said he was pleased to find space in the city’s downtown.

There’s lots of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and he’s impressed with the revitalization work that the city has performed in the area.

“That was a big appeal.”

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