Borderline Music will be closing its Andersonville location at 5351 N. Clark St. at the end of July, according to its owner.
Scott Jannush said that the longtime dance-music shop, which relocated to its present site from Lake View in 2014, lost its lease and that he is continuing to look for a new location.
Jannush had a three-year lease for the storefront, which his landlord, New Castle LLC, won't renew. He said New Castle told him a chain store wants the location. A T-Mobile franchise next door to Borderline is in the same predicament.
"I know that I definitely want to stay in Andersonville," Jannush said. "It's just that there's no space that I like here that's available right now."
The move from Lake View to Andersonville was a fortuitous decision, coinciding with a resurgence in sales of vinyl records, he added. Jannush's business has boomed since he came to the neighborhood.
"People go out to eat here and are out for walks," he said. "We are busy all the time."
Others have recommended moving somewhere south of Foster Avenue, or further east in Edgewater, but Jannush worries that those spots won't get the foot-traffic Borderline depends on.
For the moment, he anticipates having to put the store's contents into storage and continuing with his online business, which he said has been thriving
"I don't want to take a space just to take a space," he said.
2013 coverage of Borderline's move to Andersonville at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Boystown-record-shop-following-gays-north-says-owner/44488.html .