Record stores have come and gone in Yakima over the past three decades, but Off the Record was always there.
It is Yakima’s last record store. But barring the emergence of a buyer, it will close its doors sometime in the next few months, owner Rich Koch said.
“It just seems like it’s time,” said Koch, who turned 70 in May. “If I was younger, I’d keep doing it. That big seven-oh kind of stares at you. You start looking at things differently.”
He’s open to selling, but given the ongoing decline of the retail music industry, he’s not optimistic. This looks like the end of the run for the store at 901 Summitview Ave., which opened July 1, 1985.