Free Record Shop

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Free Record Shop
Former type Retail
Industry Retail
Founded 1971
Founders Hans Breukhoven
Defunct 2014
Headquarters Capelle a/d IJssel, Netherlands
Area served Benelux
Products Entertainment media & services
Owners Hans Breukhoven

Free Record Shop was a large Dutch retailer of home entertainment products, such as CDs, DVDs and video games, founded by Hans Breukhoven. Its first store opened on October 15, 1971 in Schiedam, Netherlands. Free Record Shop operates about 250 stores in the Benelux under its own brand name.

It owned the entertainment products retail chain vanLeest, an Amsterdam-based flagship entertainment store called FAME, a games chain GameMania and several Build a Bear Workshop stores. The company operated multiple online stores using the different brand names.

In March 2008 the company announced that it has sold off its Norway and Finland operations to concentrate on the Benelux market.[1]

In January 2012 the company licensed its websites to be fully managed and run by ECI Nederland BV, known for its labels ECI and Cosmox, making ECI the 2nd biggest online retailer in books and home entertainment in the Benelux.[2]

On May 24, 2013 staff and personnel were informed that Free Record Shop has declared bankruptcy. On May 28, the bankruptcy was accepted by a Dutch court. On April 22, 2014 Free Record Shop was finally declared bankrupt.[3]

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  1. ^ "Free Record Shop verkoopt Finse droom voor 1 euro" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Online exploitatie Free Record Shop naar ECI" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Free Record Shop in Nederland failliet". (in Dutch). 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22.