Kevin Johnson said because of a shortage of space and a still-growing music scene he is moving his Music Go Round store a couple of miles north on Bethel Road.

Johnson said the plan is to close the store for two days in early July and reopen at 2630 Bethel Road in the Carriage Place Shopping Center at Bethel and Sawmill roads.

"It's just going to be more easy to shop," Johnson said.

He opened Music Go Round at 833 Bethel Road, in the Olentangy Plaza and Bethel and Olentangy River roads, in 1996.

"We've been here for 13 years and we've expanded in both directions," Johnson said, noting the store is 5,400 square feet. The new store -- near Walmart, Petland and Cinemark Carriage Place Movies 12 -- would be 10,000 square feet.

"I think there's going to be a tremendous amount of foot traffic," he said.

Music Go Round specializes in used equipment, including guitars, basses, amps, drum kits, electric pianos and just about everything else instrument related, Johnson said.

"What's fun is the old crazy stuff you may never have heard of before or haven't seen in a few years," he said "We sell a lot of accordions."

The store also offers new equipment, such as strings, guitar pedals, beginner amps, keyboards and services, such as music lessons.

Johnson owns two other Music Go Round franchises - one at 1329 Stoneridge Plaza in the Gahanna area and another in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Music Go Round is owned by the Winmark Corp., also the parent company of Once Upon a Child, Plato's Closet, Play It Again Sports and Style Encore, all geared for the savvy shopper looking for quality merchandise at a bargain, Johnson said.

"Our thing is don't throw it away, don't wait for a garage sale," he said.

"Really, our business makes it easy and inexpensive to experiment with music."

The store appeals to people of all ages, from children interested in classical music, to adults looking to rekindle their love affair with instruments they stopped playing long ago.

"I think you'd be surprised," Johnson said. "A lot of it is older folks, empty nesters and retirees, and they're looking for hobbies and they're coming back to it."

Johnson, who plays guitar, piano and trumpet, says he has faith in the Columbus music scene.

It is not clear if there is a replacement inline for Music Go Round in Olentangy Plaza, as a call to Casto, the landlord, wasn't immediately returned.

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