Washington-based Drum Shop owner rescues Newcastle Drum Centre

Andy Anderson bought the Akenside Hill business after it was liquidated and will reopen the much loved shop in November

Andy Anderson at the Drum Shop in Washington
Andy Anderson at the Drum Shop in Washington

A drum retailer that supplies many stars’ bands has taken over Newcastle Drum Centre, promising the city’s musicians a choice of unique products.

Andy Anderson, who runs Washington-based The Drum Shop, rescued the Akenside Hill store after its previous owners placed it into liquidation.

Mr Anderson has taken on the rights to the Newcastle Drum Centre, negotiated a lease with the landlord of the premises, and is now aiming to reopen in early November.

The Drum Centre was part of the city’s musical fabric for almost 20 years before declining revenues and profits forced the previous owners to close-up in September.

The Drum Shop has established itself since 1993 and now operates a Washington store and warehouse, along with a recently acquired Sheffield store.

In taking over the Drum Centre, Mr Anderson has recruited two new members of staff and expects to grow the workforce over coming months.

He told The Journal: “The plan is to open the shop as it is, and give customers a taste of what we have to offer. After that we can think about refurbishment and staffing.

“Our USP is stocking niche and hard-to-get products, often from the US. My aim with the Drum Centre is to introduce Newcastle to products it has never had access to before.

“We’ve built the Washington store as a destination shop. The products we stock have even attracted people from London.”

The retailer also plans to offer drumming tuition from the Akenside Hill premises, much in the same format as his other stores.

RMT Accountants & Business Advisors’ insolvency team was appointed to manage the liquidation of the Newcastle Drum Centre, and has been working closely with Mr Anderson.

Linda Farish, head of recovery and insolvency at the firm, added: “Andy and his team have both the sector knowledge and business development plans to make the Newcastle Drum Centre a successful part of their operations, and we’re very pleased to have been able to pass it on to someone with the same passion for drumming as the previous owners.”

Mr Anderson added: “Working with RMT to get this deal over the line has been a really positive experience, and with the company growing both its retail and online presence, we’re excited about what the future holds.”

The Drum Shop, which has supplied to numerous famous musicians, has instigated much of its growth from social media activity - playing on its popstar connections to engage customers.

Since opening its Washington warehouse two and a half years ago the firm’s turnover has grown by 20%.


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