A legacy of music in Marlborough is set to continue as the region’s only music shop changes hands.
Ken Hams MusicWorks Blenheim has been sold and the store is set to join the nationwide Rockshop and KBB Music network.
The Scott St store will soon close for a refit and restock as the store gets painted in Rockshop’s trademark blue.
New technology will also play a big part in the store so customers can access the store’s whole online catalogue.
Current owner Ken Ham says it is important to him that whoever bought the store would continue to look after musicians in Marlborough.
“I am delighted to announce that we have been able to pass our business on to The Rockshop.
“I know that the musicians of Marlborough will be well looked after and continue to be supported at every level,” he says.
Rockshop have a store in Nelson and had no plans to expand into Marlborough – until they realised the region would be left without a music shop.
Founder and managing director Mick Webb says it is a “privilege” to follow in the former owners’ footsteps.
“We have the same deep, fundamental, connections in the NZ musical community – and the same passion for music – that Ken, Karenne and their team brought to their region.
“We have respect and admiration for what they have achieved and their absolute commitment to generations of musicians in the province.
“It is our privilege to be there for the musicians and we look forward to continue their legacy in Marlborough,” he says.
Established in 1986, The Rockshop has long be a supporter of Blenheim’s Southern Jam event.
KBB Music – established in 1888 will focus on the piano, keyboards, brass and stringed instruments side of the business, as well as print music and tutorial resources.
Mick say he’s confident the new-look store “knows what musicians need”.
“All the directors and executives are musicians, most with regular gigs on top of their day to day executive roles. We know what musicians want and what they need: we will deliver that to Marlborough by keeping the store open in Blenheim.”
Manager and muso Bett Wells travelled from Christchurch to Blenheim yesterday to oversee the changes.
“This is the 27th store development I have over seen and I don’t envisage any issues.”