Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Great Escape Charlotte Location to Re-Open Friday, Aug. 13, Have Lots of New Stuff

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM

So we had a bit of rain back in May, and in the subsequent washing-out of our city, The Great Escape's west side location, at 5400 Charlotte Ave., got hit pretty hard, and was flooded so badly it's been closed ever since. In the mean time, the folks over at The Great Escape have not only been cleaning up shop, they've also been hard at work acquiring more records, movies and video games to fill those shelves, and according to information we got this morning, they've rounded up quite a few goodies — 16,000, in fact. As the press release (copied in full after the jump) says, the Robert Franzen collection includes a treasure trove of albums, DVDs and the like gathered over 25 years by "an obsessive, condition-conscious collector who bought — but apparently never played or viewed — the majority of items he managed to amass during that time."

So, get your crate-digging fingers in shape, because Friday the 13th at 10 a.m., the Charlotte location is re-opening with several shit-tons of new stuff, including vinyl, VHS and 400 un-played (and presumably un-blowed-on-to-get-them-to-work) Nintendo and Super Nintendo game cartridges. Fair warning, nerds: You might want to bring a helmet just in case someone uncovers a copy of Stadium Events or Campus Challenge. Doubtful, but still — safety first. In any case, it's definitely good news to see The Great Escape up and running again. Welcome back!

THE GREAT ESCAPE'S CHARLOTTE AVENUE LOCATION TO REOPEN ON FRIDAY, 8/13 (After being shut down from flood damage.)


After spending three months cleaning up damage from the flood that forced them to close in May, Nashville's legendary record and comic book store, The Great Escape, is scheduled to reopen their Charlotte Avenue location on Friday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.

In an effort to make the 7,000 square foot retail space "bigger and better than before", The Great Escape has also been actively acquiring thousands of new and exciting items to offer for sale when they reopen - many of which are in pristine mint condition.

The Robert Franzen collection makes up a large part of the more than 16,000 recent purchases of DVDs, video games, records, VHS and more being offered; this group of product represents a 25-year labor of love from an obsessive, condition-conscious collector, who bought - but apparently never played or viewed - the majority of items that he managed to amass during that time.

New items available August 13 at The Great Escape Charlotte Avenue will also include over 3,000 DVDs, 4,000 CDs, 5,000 vinyl records (including 1,500 bluegrass/folk items), 4,000 VHS movies and 400 vintage Nintendo and Super Nintendo games in absolutely unplayed, "mint-in-the-box" condition.

The Great Escape, founded in 1977, is a Nashville institution, having served as a "hot spot" for those wishing to buy and sell their music, movies, comics and more for over 33 years.

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