The article more or less confirms some of the speculation out there. Yes, their rent is rocketing through the roof as a result of an increase put into motion two years ago. No, they don't want to move. Yes, they tried to make it work elsewhere in the neighborhood. No, they're still not going to buy your Wallflowers CD with the shattered case and your name written on it. Not that I know from experience or anything. Here's a taste of the article:
According to [founder Gary] Walker, the owners were notified two years ago by property owners H.G. Hill Realty that the lot would be subject to a significant rent increase upon the end of their lease in 2010. Though the phrase "lost our lease" is pasted to moving sale signs littering the store, it would be more accurate to say that the area has, in Walker's words, "priced itself out of The Great Escape being able to operate there."
The upshot of this is that they're having a 25-percent-off-everything moving sale until the store closes on Sunday. This is your chance to buy that vinyl copy of Yield that you've been eying behind the front counter. Don't blow it.