Peaches Records and Tapes was a music and entertainment retailer in the United States. Peaches was known for its vast selection with many locations in buildings the size of a typical grocery store.[1] Stores were also known for autograph signing events,[2] huge reproductions of the album covers of the latest releases on the side of its buildings and for selling records from wooden crates with the chain's colorful fruit-crate style logo on the side. Stores reportedly stocked $500,000 worth of inventory.

Tom Heiman opened the first store on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1975 and soon opened another in Atlanta in 1975.[3] The company's 39th store was opened in Chicago on December 3, 1980.

The company filed for bankruptcy in June of 1981 citing Citibank and six different record distribution companies as major creditors.[4][5]

Emulating the tradition at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, some stores invited visiting artists to set their handprints in cement on the sidewalk outside. The prints, including The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, The Kinks and others were destroyed in 1981 when that store closed following the company's bankruptcy. Handprints by artists such as Pat Metheny, 38 Special, Hank Williams Jr. and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd remain outside the former location in Tulsa Oklahoma.

The lone remaining location is in New Orleans, one of eight before bankruptcy. That location moved to a former Woolworth stores and continues to maintain the lunch counter there.[6]

References

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  3. ^ Ingram, Billy. "Hot wax and 8-tracks: When everything was Peaches". YES! Weekly. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  4. ^ "The Kinks, Willie Nelson, and ZZ Top left their handprints on Peachtree Road". Atlanta Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  5. ^ "Peaches Records & Tapes, a Los Angeles-based record chain,..." UPI. Archived from the original on 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  6. ^ "Drumming Up an Emotional Experience at Peaches Records". GoNOLA.com. 2016-12-21. Archived from the original on 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-04-09.