Corner Music, Fork's Drum Closet To Move From 12 South

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 21:40:46-04

Two iconic music shops have sold their properties to a developer after more than three decades in a local neighborhood. 

According to the owner of Corner Music, the developers will turn the location in 12 South into retail space.

"We're not cool enough to be here anymore sorta," said Larry Garris who owns Corner Music.

Like many Nashville neighborhoods, change is happening in 12 South.

"You have to change to survive," said Garris.

He and his employees said tourists are taking up too much parking, even parking in their private lot. When their clients can't find parking, it poses problems.

"We'll be somewhere probably bigger, we'll have nicer bathrooms and we'll have more parking," Garris said.

They sold Corner Music and Fork's Drum Closet to a developer for millions. In 1984, this street looked a lot different.  

"We used to have to chase crack heads away from the front door and now we get run over by baby strollers," said Todzilla, who works at Corner Music.

Employees like him understand that change is imminent.

"It's reached a point where it's kind of busted at the seams," he said.

Other employees were shocked at how much the area has changed in the past couple years.

"It's unbelievable. It's staggering," said Nolan Lucas.

Lucas said he has mixed feelings on saying goodbye after working there for decades.

"You can't hold on to the past forever," said Lucas.

Currently, Corner Music is trying to find a new home. 

Toddzilla said he'd still be around to help customers find guitars. 

"We are not retiring, we are not going away,  we're still here, and we're just going to be doing it somewhere else."

They will be moving out by October 1, according to Garris. Corner Music hopes to announce their new location soon.