It seems the vinyl resurgence is taking ever-greater forms. After the wax hype already made its way into the stock of various hipster clothing firms, it now seems that the last bastion of commercialization is about to be conquered: the supermarket. Tesco, the biggest supermarket chain in the UK, announced this week that they will begin selling vinyl again, starting on September 4.
Michael Mulligan, chief music buyer of Tesco, told Engadget that their venture into the vinyl market is the “logical step” for the multi-billion dollar corporation. They will mark the occasion with the release of heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s new LP “The Book Of Souls”. After this initial kick-off the company will gradually start to offer a growing selection of vinyl records across a selection of stores throughout the UK.
Even though vinyl sales still only account for 2% of the total UK music market, sales are on the rise as never before. Last January vinyl sales hit a peak of 1.3 million units sold, a number that has not been reached since 1995.