Spec's Records & Tapes Demolished to Make Space for a Chase Bank

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Photo by Howard Cohen/Miami Herald Staff

"Specs," a note posted to the recently closed Coral Gables music shop's front door read. "A piece of Miami, a piece of history, never to be forgotten, nor replaced! Especially by some lousy bank."

Consider that Spec's Records & Tapes' epitaph. Because the Dade County landmark -- a 64-year-old purveyor of music on vinyl, audiocassette, and CD -- has been demolished, as reported by the Miami Herald, to clear the lot at 1570 S. Dixie Highway for a new Chase Bank.

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-Spec's Music in Coral Gables Shuts Its Doors Forever

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Photo by Charlotte Cushing via themiamihurricane.com

Founded by the now-deceased Martin Spector in 1948 (and moved to its longtime location in 1953), the Coral Gables store was the flagship of a Spec's chain that eventually grew to include dozens of locations across Florida.

By the late '80s, Spec's had gone public. It expanded to 42 stores. And the chain was even earning accolades from Forbes Magazine, being named among America's 200 best-run small companies in 1988.

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Via wqam.com

Just ten years later, though, laboring after financial hits from Hurricane Andrew and languishing under fierce competitive pressure from other music superstore chains, Spector and company decided to get out of the "Records & Tapes" business.

And so, as the digital music era was dawning, the chain was sold to Camelot Music Group. A few years later, Trans World Entertainment and its F.Y.E. brand took over.

Of course, like most of America's music shops, Spec's faced an almost inevitable fate. And in December, the store announced that it would be shutting its doors forever. Now, even the building and that famous sign are gone.

R.I.P., Spec's.

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29 comments
Juan Velez
Juan Velez

That tape deck fire..... but, but... this mp3 is a killa.

Guillermo Ley- Realtor
Guillermo Ley- Realtor

Ive purchased a handful of CD's here in my childhood. Sad to see it go. But I do need a Chase branches around there!!

George Hoover
George Hoover

Another bank taking over another prime SF spot...why? Every time I go into a bank they're empty!

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

damn i just pass by therr today in the train damn

Michael Mariano
Michael Mariano

Tearing down a classic music store for a bank? You know what I find really amusing . . . these banks that WE THE PEOPLE bailed out are opening new branches left and right while I see VERY FEW new construction projects. Except for of course apartment buildings since the average person can't buy a home now! That's right, I can hear them now "We screwed things up, you bailed us out, we took back the homes we loaned you money for, raised fees, reduced services, paid our top people bonuses and now we want to build more banks so we can be more greedy!" Oh wait, they wouldn't say that!

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Props for surviving and outliving the awesome CD Solution used-CD store on the other side of Swenson's in the late 80s/early 90s. That should have been a sign of things to come.

Chuck Corway
Chuck Corway

And there was much wailing and howling and rending of clothes... :(

Erik Ace Artist
Erik Ace Artist

btw banks usually just buy the land that is why strip mall owners love them

Erik Ace Artist
Erik Ace Artist

well record companies need to diversify... go online etc. look at giant FYI !

Jay Cee
Jay Cee

thumbs fucking down...

Tracy K. Viciedo
Tracy K. Viciedo

I was at Swensons last night and saw that they had tore down part of the building... I didn't know it was to build a bank.. Someone else could have rented that space.. there are enough banks!

Jorge Larrier
Jorge Larrier

Wow took me back...sometimes its hard to imagine certain landmarks will close or even be torn down. Well its like all others, a thing of the past. Hold on to your memories....those can't be torn down.

Louie Hern
Louie Hern

Spec's was way overpriced. $17.99 for a CD? You can kiss my ass

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