Hegewisch Discount Records, a long-time part of the Calumet City retailing community, closed its doors Saturday, but the discount record operation is not going out of business.
"We've relocated our corporate headquarters to Richton Park. We're alive and well here," said Hegewisch Records CEO Mary Ann Milan, squashing rumors that the long-time retailer was calling it quits. "We apologize to all our customers for any inconvenience (the move) caused."
Milan said the Hegewisch Record Corp. had a need to consolidate its operation and to give its 3,000-square-foot Richton Park store "a boost."
"It's a heartbreak and incredible that a Calumet City icon is not going to be there anymore," she said of the Calumet City store's closing. "But retailing has changed in the 21st century. We needed to perk this place up here in Richton Park."
Calumet City officials are working on plans to bring a Walgreen pharmacy to the shuttered Hegewisch Discount Records, according to
Alderman Magdalena "Leni" Wosczynski, 2nd Ward
The Richton Park store at 22015 Governors Highway opened in 1988, the fourth location Hegewisch Records had in its 37-year history.
Hegewisch Records started in 1965 in the Hegewisch section of Chicago as a novelty store selling sundries as well as records and music.
"They discovered they still had a lot of clothes pins, hair pins and nylon stockings, but they had to keep reordering the records," Milan said. "That's how it became a record store."
The record and music operation moved to its Calumet City location at 522 Torrence Ave. in 1974 and the original Hegewisch store was closed. In 1980, a Hegewisch Discount Records opened in Merrillville, east of Southlake Mall on U.S. 30. That store closed in 1998, Milan said.
The Calumet City store's entire inventory has now been moved to the Richton Park store and Milan said, "the hub of Calumet City employees has also relocated" to that location.