Iconic music retailer Sam Ash set to close all locations after a century


After gearing up musicians for a century, the legendary Long Island-based Sam Ash Music company is closing down.

In a post shared on Instagram on Thursday, the company released the following statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that all Sam Ash Music store locations will begin store closing sales today. This unfortunate news also presents a fantastic opportunity for great deals across our premium selection of musical instruments and pro sound equipment.”

Once thriving in the area, the remaining Long Island location in Carle Place is expected to close its doors by July 31, a staff employee confirmed.

“You are the 100th phone call today, no one believes it’s actually happening,” the employee said over the phone.

The Huntington Station store closed in March.

Liquidation has started for the Hicksville-based retailer, with big sales happening both in stores as well as online.

The company was founded in 1924 by musician Sam Ash and his wife Rose. Sam, an immigrant from Austria, was a well-known violinist who had a passion for the musical arts. He opened his first store in Brooklyn, then later expanded to the Island, opening up shops in Hempstead (1961) and Huntington (1965) and growing from there. Click here to read the full history.

Top: Exterior of a Sam Ash location. (Credit: Instagram)

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