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Former HMV Employee To Realise His Dream

Wednesday June 12 2013

Stuart Sheard Stuart Sheard

A FORMER supervisor of Barnsley's HMV store is realising a lifelong dream - by setting up his own record shop.

Stuart Sheard, 29, of Darton, was made redundant from HMV when it closed in March. He's using his redundancy money to help fund his new business, Debut Records, which will be in the town centre.

He said: "I have always wanted to do this since I was a kid, just like I always wanted to work in HMV - which I did for five years.

"I loved working there and wanted to carry on something similar. I chose the name 'Debut' as it rolls off the tongue like other famous record store names such as Jumbo or Crash."

Stuart said increasing numbers of bands were now putting out material on vinyl, a format all but eradicated by the digital rise.

"The idea is that I will have a small shop selling vinyl, DVDs and some clothing. I will be trying to appeal to a niche market," he said.

He paid tribute to the famed 1980s record store Casa Disco, fondly remembered by many Barnsley music fans.

"They had a collage of album covers on the wall in Casa Disco and I may go for something like that," he added.

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Reply Posted by Gareth on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:26
It's great to see something like this returning to Barnsley. In all fairness, I hope it can give the drive to similar people who have aspirations of running (or even, owning) their own business in the town centre and give the chance to make in-roads to certain niches that aren't there at current. After all, the sky is the limit these days.

In order to make more potential of this it'd be great if the council could aid said people by giving them as much aid as possible without drilling heavy or high rates for rent out of them. That could be a pain but we shall have to see how that turns out.

That being said, wishing you nothing but the best in your endeavours Stuart - good luck with Debut!

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 15:26
Best of luck Stewart, exactly what the town needs for us vinyl puritans!

Reply Posted by Sam on Friday June 14 2013 at 14:12
I absolutely love my rock music and would love to be able to go buy Vinyl , without going online , to walk into a shop and physically purchase it and have chats about music this is great news!!!

Reply Posted by donna on Friday June 14 2013 at 14:54
Best of luck waddo nice to see em comin bk :) showed my kids one last week .... funny it wa they asked how it fitted into cd player haha x

Reply Posted by Jezta on Friday June 14 2013 at 15:05
Good on ya Pij!! Best of luck mucka! Let mi know if tha wants a hand wi owt dude!

Reply Posted by Sara on Friday June 14 2013 at 20:12
go for it - individuality rocks! the town centre desparately needs some interest. you are one of a handful of local creative forward thinkers who might just help this town get back on the retail map. it would be nice the think the council were going to do everything they can to support you but i think you will find that your first communication with them will be a massive rates bill through your letter box!