45 Lower Hillgate, Stockport
Opening Hours:Thursday - Saturday 9.30-4pm
Stockport is, like many town centres, now too big for itself and – it’s a classic victim of online shopping and serious competition from Manchester just 10 mins away by Rail and out-of-town retail. If you head down Lower Hillgate you’ll pass a quirky and attractive street that looks perfect for an Indie retail quarter but an awful lot of shops are empty (although I note some new ones springing up) – right at the end you’ll find Double 4. A South Manchester stalwart, Double Four has been trading for over 30 years and had a number of shops across the conurbation and still retains two premises, this one in Stockport and another in Glossop
Carl visited this shop a few years ago when we started the site and wasn’t too impressed (hence the comments from D4 fans below!). At the time the shop was mainly selling CDs and DVDs and there was a rather forlorn Vinyl selection.
I’ve visited since and the Vinyl selection has expanded considerably and now takes up a large section of the shop although there are still lots of CDs and DVDs at bargain prices if that’s what you’re after.
There are lots of crates of vinyl and there’s a big bargain section which was 4 for a tenner, all sorts of stuff so worth a dig. The main sections do contain a lot of Rod Stewart and Gerry Rafferty albums I have to say but the prices are very reasonable. So while you might not find some real rarities here this is place you’ll find some real bargains and who knows what’s lurking in those crates on the floor I didn’t have time to look at as I had a train to catch…