R.I.P. Duluth Electric Fetus

View through the glass door to the Duluth Electric Fetus store on April 13, 2021. (Photo by Paul Lundgren)

Duluth’s Electric Fetus store, 12 E. Superior St., announced today it will not reopen. The store was best known for selling compact discs and other music products, though items like jewelry, clothing and gifts made up a larger chunk of the sales. The company’s Minneapolis location will remain open.

A Facebook post by the Duluth Electric Fetus read:

After 33 years in business, we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently close our Duluth location after having to shut down for COVID-19 since March 2020.

It’s been incredible to be a part of the very special Duluth community and music scene, and we have great and loyal customers who we will miss. We thank you for your support and patronage.

The onset of COVID in the Spring of 2020, along with various challenges we’ve faced in Duluth — changing retail environment, the water main break, road construction, and more — has made maintaining a brick-and-mortar presence in the city an uphill climb and not viable.

We’ve been struggling to get out of the red for several years now in Duluth and it’s just not realistic to make it work and have a successful location in the market.

Therefore, we’ve decided to focus on our Minneapolis location exclusively and advance and evolve that store.

We are working on exciting things for our Minneapolis location and our web business, and we will be sharing more news very soon. In the meantime, from June 10 through June 30 the Minneapolis Electric Fetus is handing out 20 percent off punch cards good for three visits in the month of July.

We very much appreciate our time in Duluth, our loyal customers, and the community’s support over the years, and we look forward to what’s next at our Minneapolis store, at www.electricfetus.com, and our Discogs page: https://bit.ly/3wbeuQY

Thank you.

A Facebook group called Hey Electric Fetus Duluth, please open! was launched on May 11 and accumulated 133 members in a week.

1 Comment

Helmut Flaag

about 2 years ago

Wow. No comments even. WTAF, yet somehow I'm not surprised. Just whatever nowadays. Don't want to wear our hearts on our sleeve like some pansy now would we? This really is a cryan' shame tho. Never mind my lost income in pricing errors. Oh for the memories. Smokin' holy vacuous counter waifs punctuated by a nausea inducing curtain of incense and peppermints. Yah, she probably peaked about five years ago I'd say. On the bright side they'll save a fortune in neon repair. And they can keep that proper tool for the job who used to make the jaunt up and torture the staff and customers here. He can now  just stay home. Last one to leave Duluth please turn off the lights.

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