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After 30 Years, Drum Headquarters in Maplewood Closes

A bad economy and advancing technology caused the closure, owner Jim Uding said.

The in Maplewood closed its doors to the public on July 7 after more than 30 years in business.

Owner Jim Uding started working for Drum Headquarters in 1983 before purchasing the business in 2005 from store founder Rob Birenbaum, who began the venture in a 600 square-foot house during 1981.

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Birrenbaum’s wife Sherre would make things even more crowded during the early days opening her business, The Disc-Connection, in the same small house.

According to Uding, events out of his control including the stagnant economy and accelerating changes brought on by technology forced him to shutter the specialty retailer that had featured locations in Maplewood and St. Peters over the years.

Customers with unfinished business will be contacted directly and The Lesson program will continue through the month of July. Students will be contacted with instructions by their teacher.

Uding encourages all concerned to continue monitoring DrumHeadquarters.com for updates.

Jeff Brandt July 18, 2011 at 01:58 AM
That's too bad. I actually just recently tore off and threw away a sticker from Drum Headquarters that I had posted on my door: "When I'm rich and famous I'll still shop at Drum Headquarters."

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