Topman is to sell music at its flagship Oxford Street store in a deal with iconic London music independent Rough Trade Retail Group.
According to the Financial Times music sales will start in the central London store from September.
The launch is part of a revamp and extension of the space that the Arcadia Group’s popular Oxford Street flagship store, which houses Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge, is undergoing in time for London Fashion Week in September. Space for Topman will be doubled with the opening of a new floor, as revealed by Retail Week.
Rough Trade first opened in 1976 and often hosts intimate gigs – previous events have featured the likes of Radiohead and Blur. The group reached a turnover of £2.1m last year and was ahead 30 per cent in the first quarter of this year.
Rough Trade director Stephen Godfroy said that the deal with Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group “supports Rough Trade’s belief that the CD format is as popular as ever [and] that it is largely the poor high street retail of CDs that is to blame for declining sales on this format”.
Topman has been increasingly linking with the music world, launching Topman CTRL in March, which gives a platform for new acts.