Sam Sniderman was the founder of Sam the Record man, one of the better known music stores in Toronto. He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday in Toronto, surrounded by loved ones, in accordance with astatement released by his family on Monday.
A funeral service will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel and the family will later declare an October memorial service. Sniderman is going to be buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
By the late 1960s, Sniderman determined to go national with the factory outlet, creating more than100 stores with the chain reaching its peak of about 137 shops in the early 1990s and late 1980s. Theheyday was a stress-free time for brick-and-mortar record retailers prior to the web’s digital music revolution and illegal downloading.
Sniderman appeared in a number of of the chain’s tv advertisements, a number of that you can get on YouTube. By the late ’90s, nevertheless, with music piracy and on-line options being a growing trend among music lovers, Sam the Record Man started to have the financial pinch. In 2001 – – per year after Sam Sniderman retired and left the business to Bobby and sons Jason in addition to his brother Sidney’s kids Lana and Arna – – the Sniderman family declared Sam the Record Man broke. The end result was all but a number of stores nationwide closing. The Yonge Street store stayed open, as did a store in downtown Halifax. Declining CD sales along with other factors led to the Yonge Street shop’s death in2007. The business was compelled to apply for bankruptcy in 2001.
It reopened in 2002, but could notrecapture its former success, amid intense competition from chain HMV and on-line music sales. Sniderman and his brother Sid started a store — Sniderman Radio Sales and Service — on College Street straight back in 1937 but did not open up the main Sam’s shop on Yonge Street until 1959 — the place best-known because of its iconic neon sign with two spinning discs. The business ultimately grown in to a chain with an increase of than 100 places. A huge selection of music fans ended up days prior to the Toronto store’s closure to purchase things at a Sam’s auction, including framed gold and platinum records, parts of the store’s walls autographed by the kind of David Bowie, Ray Charles and Tina Turner and Beatles memorabilia, among other treasures.