After 32 years in Albany Ed Jordan Music closed its doors this week. (Photo: Jon Gosa)
ALBANY — An integral part of Albany’s business and musical community for three decades it was with heartfelt sentiment that Ed Jordan Music owner Ed Jordan made his final sale this week and closed his doors after 32 years.
“I’m 72 years old and I’m tired of fighting it,” said Jordan, “I think it is time to retire.”
Growing up outside the Chicago area listening to artists like Tex Ritter, Jordan developed a love for music and in 1982 opened Ed Jordan Music, bringing quality instruments, band rentals and music lessons to the Albany area. Operating at his original location, on the corner of Third Avenue and Slappey Boulevard for more than a decade, Jordan eventually moved the business to its more recognizable location on Westgate Drive.
“It was a better location and bigger store,” Jordan explained. “And we did well, for a long time.”
Being a certified Fender dealer, and Fender being one of the most respected brands in the market, along with providing competitive prices, a large inventory, rentals, lessons and repair services, Ed Jordan Music established itself as a local go-to, one-stop-shop for the beginner or seasoned musician.
Throughout his career Jordan supplied schools, churches, local musicians and many more with the necessities of the trade; offering advice, free of charge, along the way.
However, according to Jordan, the last few years have been hard on local store owners, him in particular. Rising costs of business, manufacturer demands requiring dealers to keep disproportional amounts of inventory, diminishing sales, waning interest and local support finally convinced Jordan it was time to close up shop.
“Besides,” he said, “I got family that’s ill, I can’t keep doing this; I loved it though.”
There is a look of pride in Jordan’s eyes when he thinks back over his 30 plus years of service to the Albany community, the local music scene and beyond. He lights up when he tells stories of his grandkids in Jacksonville, Fla., and how he has helped them to become musicians, inspiring a love for music in the next generation.
Another store will be taking over Jordan’s location. After absorbing the remaining inventory and remodeling, the building at 2403 Westgate Drive, where Ed Jordan Music stood for many years, will reopen as Portman’s Music and Music Academy, sometime in July, offering retail music sales and lessons on all instruments including voice.
According to Mark Alexander of Portman’s in Augusta, the remodel will be complete with six to seven studio spaces, where students can hone their skills and there will be a lot more room for retail than their existing Albany store at 1027 N Westover Blvd.
“It’s a much bigger space,” said Alexander. “If you’ve been in our current Albany location, it’s a little tight. We are really excited and plan to have a grand opening sometime in July.”
Portman’s Music is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest music store chains with locations in Savannah, Augusta, Brunswick and Albany.