Free Record Shop
Free Record Shop branch in The Hague (2008)
|Headquarters||Capelle a/d IJssel, Netherlands|
|Products||Entertainment media & services|
Free Record Shop was a chain of home entertainment stores selling products such as CDs, DVDs and video games, founded by Hans Breukhoven. Its first store opened on October 15, 1971 in Schiedam, Netherlands. At its peak, the franchise had more than 200 stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, but online available music and media supplanted the sale of physical media carriers. Free Record Shop is now only present in Luxembourg (3 shops) and 36 in the Netherlands (shop-in-shop in "Boekenvoordeel" book shops).
It owned the entertainment products retail chain vanLeest, an Amsterdam-based flagship entertainment store called FAME, a gamestore chain called GameMania and several Build-a-Bear Workshop stores. The company operated multiple online stores using the different brand names.
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.
On May 24, 2013 staff and personnel were informed that Free Record Shop had declared bankruptcy. On May 28, the bankruptcy was accepted by a Dutch court. On April 22, 2014 Free Record Shop was finally declared bankrupt. The three shops in Luxembourg, however, have remained open and are now run by a separate management.
- "Free Record Shop verkoopt Finse droom voor 1 euro" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-04-21.
- "Online exploitatie Free Record Shop naar ECI" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "Free Record Shop in Nederland failliet". Nu.nl (in Dutch). 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22.