Sun's Rock 'n' Roll will give way to clothier

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April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Sun's Rock 'n' Roll Items, a small independent store for music lovers that is crammed with rock star T-shirts, posters, and other odds and ends, is closing at 1111 Hennepin Ave. S.

Owner Don Park said sales have lagged in the past two years. Before Sept. 11, 2001, the store took in about $200,000 a year, now Park pulls in about $100,000, he said.

Terrance Lappin, the property owner, called Sun's an "excellent tenant" over the years. Lappin owns other property in the neighborhood and said business has been down at other stores, too.

A men's clothing store is the next tenant lined up for the space, Lappin said, who did not have more details on the new business. The store is scheduled to open May 1.

Park has owned the store for about 16 years. It sits next to a Domino's Pizza across from the Laurel Village residential community. In the late '80s, Sun's was flushed from a prime spot on what is now Block E, on Hennepin between 6th and 7th streets.

Besides slumping sales, Park, 53, has grown weary of the long hours, he said.

A native of Korea, Park said he often puts in 16-hour days and is looking forward to relaxing more when he closes the store in April. When Park arrived in Minnesota 1978, he opened a clothing store in South Minneapolis and then bought Sun's in the late 1980s.

The store has racks of rock band T-shirts, posters, jewelry and key chains.

Long-time customer Rich Sundeen, who dropped in the store on a recent afternoon to buy some T-shirts, said he would miss Sun's.

"There ain't a whole lot of shops like this around anymore," he said, pointing to the store's massive collection of music collectibles from the '80s and '90s.

During the store's final days of business, Park is holding a 50- to 70-percent-off sale.

The store is open 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.