Retailer Red Dog Music has acquired Leeds-based pro-audio dealer Production Room, which will become Red Dog’s third UK store, AMI sister title MI Pro has reported.
With two other stores in London and Edinburgh, Red Dog Music will now begin rebranding Production Room’s Leeds showroom, where it will also introduce a full range of musical instruments and equipment, including guitars, keyboards and drums.
Meanwhile, all three stores will expand their pro-audio areas and rebrand them as Production Room.
As part of the acquisition, Paul Germain and Alison Lynch from Production Room will join the Red Dog Music board as sales director and operations director, respectively.
Mike Fletcher will become associate director for the London area and Richard Powell will take the role of associate director for commercial audio, with a remit to develop B2B sales across the country.
Dave Tynan and Richard Lee will continue to manage the Edinburgh and Leeds stores.
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the Production Room team into the Red Dog Music fold. For a long time, I have admired Production Room from a distance: a friendly team, a beautifully presented store, and a reputation for phenomenal customer service that reaches far beyond the Leeds city limits," said Red Dog MD Alex Marten. "I truly believe that the combined company now presents an MI dream team, combining retail excellence, innovative marketing, and operational efficiency. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues and industry friends to make this a great success for the industry as a whole.”
Paul Germain, previously director of Production Room, now sales director of Red Dog Music, added: “It is rare that an opportunity arises when two companies with identical business ethics have the opportunity to create something very special. As a combined management team we have a wealth of good and bad experiences that can only make the collective prepared to take on the challenges of an ever changing industry. Richard Lee and his team in Leeds are excited about the return of guitars and digital drums under the amazing Red Dog Music brand.
"This move will also give the well-respected Production Room brand presence in London and Edinburgh. We are thrilled to join forces with old friends and colleagues to create the stand-out music retailer in the UK.”