Once Louisiana’s longest tenured record retailer, Ville Platte’s legendary Floyd’s Record Shop is now Louisiana’s newest music retailer. Say what? It’s true, mes amis. Floyd’s original shop opened in 1956 on East Main Street. While the store and record wholesaling business thrived for decades, after three years of rapidly declining business, the shop was shuttered in December of 2012 and the building was sold.
The “new” Floyd’s Record Shop will celebrate its grand reopening/rebirth with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 25. The new retail outlet shares space with the Flat Town Music offices, warehouse and tape vaults, its facility, as well as a drop off depot for UPS. Its location is 700 South Chataignier, off Highway 29 which links Ville Plate to nearby Eunice and Point Blue.
“It’s kind of a mini version of the old store,” said Floyd Soileau. “I guess you could call it a boutique shop. We’ll sell the Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music on our labels and some other independent labels as well. But no major label product like the old store stocked. We’re also stocking oldies like Fats Domino and Little Richard along with CDs on consignment by our local artists. We have books, T-shirts, spices, rubboards and other Cajun items too. Basically, the same stuff we’ve been selling on our website. But we’ve also got a vinyl section with some of our rare and old Jin, Maison de Soul and Swallow 45s and LPs.
“We’ve put up a brand new street sign—the old sign is still stored in the warehouse. We’re saving a lot of memorabilia from the old store, like photos from the old days, and putting it in the new store. It’s a much smaller space but we want to give it the feeling of an old-time record shop. We might not get the Japanese and European collectors like we used to, but we’re hoping that the locals and people driving in from some of the surrounding towns come by to buy some of our music. We’re not looking to make a lot of money with the shop—I just hope we can make enough to pay the utility bills.”