A downtown Schenectady institution for nearly 70 years, Hermie’s Music Store is moving for the second time in five years.
Owned by the John Keal Music Company, an Albany music retailer, Hermie’s is leaving its 163 Jay Street location and moving into the Proctors Arcade, where the Van Curler Music Company was located for more than 30 years before it went out of business earlier this year.
“We are truly excited about the move to the Arcade at Proctors,” said John Keal’s Chris Trombley in a prepared statement. “Since we share many of the same customers, it makes perfect sense to be under the same roof.”
Monday was Hermie’s last day at its Jay Street location, and according to store manager Larry Acunto, the Proctors’ site will be ready for customers by Friday.
“It’s kind of the proverbial marriage made in heaven,” said Acunto, who began working at John Keal’s last year and has been at the Jay Street location since March. “The theater spot has better parking, the space is better and we’re at the legendary Proctors. There’s just no downside to it.”
Proctors CEO Philip Morris agreed the move will be a successful one.
“Hermie’s is a great addition to the Proctors family,” said Morris. “We’re so glad to keep music in our Stratton Plaza retail location. We look forward to a great relationship with Chris Trombley and the whole Hermie’s gang.”
Hermie’s was created by Herman J. Frederick nearly 70 years ago at its original location at 727 State St. Herman’s son, Norman Frederick, retired and sold the company to John Keal Music in 2012. That firm soon relocated the store to the Jay Street site.
Hermie’s no longer sells sheet music or purchases old instruments. The focus of the business these days, said Acunto, is selling, renting and repairing band and orchestra instruments, including electric and acoustic guitars, ukuleles and percussion equipment, including amplifiers and various musical accessories.
Hermie’s will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. This Saturday, the John Keal Music Instrument Fair, featuring hundreds of intermediate and professional instruments from all the top brands, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fenimore Gallery in Proctors.
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