So, why is Gruhn relocating after spending nearly a half-century at his legendary spot on Lower Broad? Well, here's the quote Gruhn gave Biz Journal reporter Nevin Batiwalla:
“The neighborhood has changed,” Gruhn said of Nashville's downtown entertainment district. “It’s not the neighborhood my business grew up in. It’s become a mix between a hillbilly Bourbon Street and Daytona Beach at spring break, but every day. It’s not a pleasant place to look around and try out guitars. … I just don’t fit in the middle of a honky-tonk district.”
Hillbilly Bourbon Street and Daytona Beach at spring break. I know that's right. True, the price tags on Gruhn's top-notch guit-fiddles can be daunting for guitar-loving would-be local customers, but so can the sea of wayfaring buskers and pink-cowboy-hat-clad Okie tourists you'll find on Lower Broad year-round. Gruhn also told NBJ that he does "very little random walk-in business" at his current location. He expects to move in roughly five months.