Fabled Manchester music store moving, but it's also staying right where it has always been
Music & Arts, a Maryland-based company that bought the retail end of Ted Herbert's Music Mart from the Herbert family 10 years ago, said the new space will allow the Manchester location to be upgraded to a "pro shop," featuring a larger selection of more intermediate and professional level instruments and accessories.
While the store is moving, the iconic Ted Herbert's Music School upstairs in the Bell Building is staying right where it has been for decades.
Ittoop said moving has already begun and that the company hopes to be completely in the new space by July. A opening celebration, including live music, is scheduled for Aug. 23.
"It's a nice space with a lot of parking," Ittoop said. "It was a good fit for what we're bringing in there."
The instrument store leaving downtown will leave a major Elm Street storefront empty, but news that the music school will remain was welcome news for Will Stewart, vice president of economic development and advocacy at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Ted Herbert's Music School attracts families downtown, he said.
Parents who wait while their children take their lessons will stroll through downtown shops, stop and buy a coffee or grab a quick bite to eat, Stewart said.
Kathy Marchocki contributed to this story.