Westlake Village, California — Guitar Center, the world’s largest music instrument retailer announced Jan. 15 the closure of its retail location in Fort Wayne. The California-based company said the closure is due to the expiration of its lease, but its looking at relocation and upgrade of the store. The current Fort Wayne store, located at 422 Coliseum Blvd. W. will close Jan. 30.
Wayne Colwell, Guitar Center EVP, Stores, said in a news release, “With the lease expiring on our existing Fort Wayne location, we are closing that location and taking the opportunity to explore opportunities for a more modern space. We remain committed to serving the Fort Wayne community with all that Guitar Center has to offer and hope to announce a new store location later in 2021.”
“Guitar Center’s more modern stores offer a showroom equipped with the latest products for musicians — from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment — along with Guitar Center’s acclaimed lessons, repairs and rentals services for musicians,” according to the news release. Fort Wayne store employees have been offered other jobs within the company, including positions teaching online lessons or assisting Guitar Center customers via its call center.
Fort Wayne customers can find help and support through GuitarCenter.com. All nearby Guitar Center retail stores will continue to accept returns within policy and support customer purchases.