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The Old Brea Tower Records: Library, history exhibit – it’s anyone’s guess

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Tower Records closed its doors in Brea Downtown on November 6, 2006.

Unlike some cities that have numerous “ghost signs” around town, Brea’s Tower Records is practically the only one people will immediately point out, especially due to the fact that this November 9, it will be seven years since Tower Records closed in Brea. And of course its location is very visible sitting on the corner of Brea Boulevard and Birch Street in Brea Downtown.

Around 2 ½ months ago we learned from the Friends of the Brea Library Facebook fan page, that the library may occupy the space. We immediately posted the information and received an overwhelming response on Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook fan page. Many people favored the idea and expanded further on developing the thought. There was also a lot of brainstorming with great suggestions on what type of business would complement the vacant downtown location.

Since the majority of people who commented on BBON supported the Library plan, we have put in a call to do a follow-up to inquire if any progress has been made.

Or will “Good Old Brea” get a visit from  Russell Solomon, the founder of Tower Records, who is planning to archive the history of his Sacramento based-chain stores. "Ideally, we want to formulate an exhibit that will go to cities where Tower really had a presence," said Greig Best, executive director of the Sacramento History Foundation. A traveling Tower Records exhibit is planned to make its debut by 2015. What are the chances, though the place is still vacant and obviously ideal for the exhibit!

One thing for sure, its ghostly site becomes even more noticeable every year in September and October when a Halloween store sets up shop in Brea Downtown.

We’ll keep you posted.

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  • Carolyn Campbell

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