Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Buzzards Rocks

// Tacoma icons reunited in Stadium District

After serving customers for the past 14 years in its downtown location, Buzzard’s Discs will be moving back to its original home in Stadium Video as of Jan. 1.

Both businesses are owned by city council member and entrepreneur Marty Campbell.

He joked that Buzzard’s is 14 years old, which is like 28 in human years, and thus a “perfect age to move back to its parents’ basement.”

Stadium Video opened in 1993 and moved to its current home at 29 N. Tacoma Ave. in 1995.

Buzzard’s began in Stadium Video. Campbell relocated it to Jefferson Avenue in 1996, where it has operated since, just down the street from the Swiss Pub. That section of downtown was beginning to reemerge with vitality, due in large part to the presence of the University of Washington-Tacoma. Campbell recalled tearing boards off windows and sweeping away years of dust when he first moved in.

Campbell admits that CD sales are down, and not just at Buzzard’s.

“Anyone in this industry has seen our share of declines,” he said.

This is largely due to the number of people who download music from the Internet rather than purchasing albums at stores.

Campbell figured moving Buzzard’s back to Stadium District made more sense than moving Stadium Video to downtown. Buzzard’s will take up about a quarter of the floor space.

The move will still allow him to offer the range of musical selections and strong customer service that Buzzard’s is known for.

“The best way I can still serve my customers is to bring things together,” Campbell said. “There are certain efficiencies I will benefit from in terms of overhead.”

He and his staff have starting moving some of the inventory. Buzzard’s and Stadium Video will have sales on many items between now and the end of the year. Buzzard’s will continue to buy, sell and trade CDs.

“That is part of what makes people seek us out.”

Buzzard’s will continue to offer its CD resurfacing service, a popular feature that allows customers to extend the lifespan of their albums.

Stadium Video has six employees, while Buzzard’s has four. Employees of both stores are renowned for their knowledge of either music or films.
“I am excited,” longtime Buzzard’s’ employee Lindsay Westnedge said. “I am happy we will be able to offer the products from both stores at one location to our customers while still providing our unique service.”

“Our goal is to provide a better overall movie and music experience,” Campbell said. “Working together, we will continue to provide award-winning selection, service and value to our costumers, now in one location.”