Easy Street Records said Wednesday that it will close its Queen Anne location on Jan. 18.

A destination for musicians and music fans alike, the independently owned store had been located at 20 Mercer St. for 12 years.

Rent costs were the major factor, according to a blog post by owner Matt Vaughan. [O]ur landlord was looking for another long-term lease, he wrote. We felt this might be risky, particularly with the current economic landscape of retail and some changes that had affected the neighborhood. Furthermore, the rent that the landlord was looking for was significantly more than what we had been paying.

Easy Street's original store in West Seattle's Alaska Junction is unaffected by the Queen Anne closing, Vaughan said: We recently signed a new 15-year lease at our original store in West Seattle, where we will carry on the Easy Street tradition of great in-stores, yummy breakfasts, tasty vinyl, and overall, an excellent selection of music.

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