Sam Ash Grand Opening in NY
Pearl Artists and staff helped celebrate the grand opening of the new Sam Ash Music Superstore on Thursday, March 7th. Guest artists included Mark Quinones of The Allman Bros. Band, Bobby Allende (Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Spyro Gyra), Mike Mangini of Dream Theater, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and conga legend Papo Pepin.
Sam Ash Music Corp., the nation’s leading full-line music store chain, has officially opened its new superstore at 333 West 34th Street in Manhattan. The 30,000 square foot retail space consolidates the business of the company’s multiple storefronts formerly on 48th Street — New York City’s historic “Music Row” — under one roof. The Sam Ash Music New York City Superstore is set to become one of the largest music retail destinations in the U.S., within easy reach of customers coming from New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey, as well as being within walking distance from Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, and Herald Square. All Sam Ash stores on 48th Street have officially closed.
Grand opening celebration festivities for the new Sam Ash Music Store — included door-busters, free t-shirts, once-in-a-lifetime prices on top brands, artist and celebrity appearances, product specialists from top manufacturers, live musical performances and product giveaways — was held Thursday, March 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Special Grand Opening prices continued throughout the weekend.
Sam Ash Music searched more than 10 years for the right space to house its new superstore. “This new location enables us to serve our customers better than we ever could on 48th Street,” said Richard Ash, CEO of Sam Ash Music Corp.
Sam Ash opened its first Manhattan location on 48th Street in 1976, back when the famed street was populated by some thirty independently-owned stores, including Manny’s Music and Rudy’s Music Stop. Scores of music legends the likes of Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Jimi Hendrix were known to shop the street for guitars, amplifiers, effects, as well as drums, horns and orchestral instruments and music. Over the past forty years, one by one, these independent stores closed and Sam Ash Music expanded its reach down the block into seven multilevel storefronts with specialties including guitars, brass and woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion. But while the real estate was impressive, the fractured music mega-block didn’t make for the most convenient shopping experience.
“We have a lot of great memories on Music Row,” said Ash. “There is a lot of nostalgia associated with that street and we are proud to have been a part of its history. But we are very excited to have opened our doors on 34th Street. It’s truly an amazing place to shop.”