Criminal Records owner plans November close
Five years ago, Criminal Records celebrated its 15th anniversary with an in-store party complete with actor-comedians Patton Oswalt and Zack Galifianakis and Athens-based bands Of Montreal and Elf Power.
For its 20th anniversary, the Little Five Points institution known for its new and used CDs, vinyl records, comic books and graphic novels will close its doors unless new investors step in.
“We’ve been underwater ever since the economy became distressed,” founder and owner Eric Levin said Monday. “We’ve been on a rescue mission for three years. I’m done paying for it by myself.”
Levin has set a personal deadline of Nov. 1 to “pay the man or leave.” Payroll checks have been bouncing. He’s already turned down bands vying for a 40-minute set on the stage in the back of the store and says the annual eclectic Christmas event, akin to a large holiday party for customers, isn’t happening.