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Hoodlums Music and Movies in Tempe To Close in August (Temporarily?)

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"We're closing our Tempe Square location due to an unsuccessful lease negotiation, and we haven't decided which direction we are going to go," the note reads. "We are weighing options and opportunities. If Hoodlums re-emerges, we hope to have a refreshed outlook on whichever new direction we've decided to take. It will be a hibernation, not a hiatus."

There is that if, though.

"I say 'if' because one of the options may be not to re-emerge," the letter continues. "There's a lot to consider and as you may have heard, the music industry is a fast-mutating beast. We've succeeded as an independent record store during our industry's most volatile 14 years, but it's been a battle, to say the least. There's something to be said for moving in a new direction while the bills are still paid and we have the option."

This isn't the first time the Hoods crew have taken a break. In 2007, a fire at ASU's Memorial Union wrecked their former digs, prompting a hiatus until the store reopened in 2008 at Tempe Square on McClintock and Guadalupe. With prime placement next to indie bookstore Changing Hands, Mac's Broiler and Tap, and Trader Joe's, the store hosted annual Hoodstock festivals, featuring local bands in support of Broadmor Elementary.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.