Moodies Record spins into new location

Earl Moodie is the manager at Moodies Records at 3976 White Plains Rd. in Wakefield. Moodies sells a lot of Jamaican records and cds. Wakefield 'Your New York' along White Plains Rd. Feb. 6, 2011. Ip, Michael/Freelance NYDN

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Earl Moodie is the manager at Moodies Records, a neighborhood favorite that sells plenty of Jamaican records and CDs. It’s moving six blocks south to 3777 White Plains Road near 219th St. next Monday.

This Edenwald fixture refuses to go down as a one-hit wonder.

Moodies Record and Tape has been a musical mecca for more than three decades, but the neighborhood landmark will soon be changing locations to increase foot traffic.

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It’s moving six blocks south to 3777 White Plains Road near 219th St. on Monday.

“Part of the reason we are successful is that we are willing to change,” says store owner Earl Moodie. “We never limit ourselves. Take the top 10 CDs that any record store carries and we look beyond that. We look in 360 degrees.”

Earl Moodie, owner of Moodies Record and Tapes, is moving his shop six blocks south.

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Earl Moodie, owner of Moodies Record and Tapes, is moving his shop six blocks south.

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Ditching the hallowed ground at 225th St. and White Plains Road isn’t ideal, but customers said they understood it was a sign of the times.

“Record shops are closing,” said David Smith, 53, who has shopped at Moodies for over 12 years. “There are people who love the business like Mr. Moodie, who try to hold on and hold on, but how long can you hold on?”

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Moodie hopes the inroads he has made with the community will also help keep the store afloat.

Moodie hopes the inroads he has made with the community will also help keep the store afloat.

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Moodie hopes the inroads he has made with the community will also help keep the store afloat.

“News travels fast, and we’ve gotten a lot of support from well-wishers,” he said. “Over the years, we have become a mother and father to our customers. We became a part of the community, not just taking from the community. It’s bigger than dollars and cents.”

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Moodie believes the move will enable the store to remain a cultural hub.

“It’s going to take a long while, but this place will always be remembered. I’m looking forward to where we are going now, and I think we carry that history with us.”

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