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Trading Post was founded on music lover Jo Walters’ stock of white labels and secondhand records in 1977.

The first two or three years of business were spent further up Nelson Street but it has been at number 23, until this week.

Jo ran it until 2002, when she sold up to Simon. A customer since 1982, he gave up his bank job and said he has enjoyed building on the shop’s wide customer base as proprietor. The shop has been a cornerstone of Stroud’s independent traders for three decades and Simon said he is looking forward to bringing it to the town centre.

Trading Post is moving in to the premises occupied by Charles Duncan estate agents, which is relocating to London Road.

The Trading Post, Gloucestershire

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"The record shop in the country town where I grew up. I went in religiously everyday walking home from school. The Trading Post, Stroud, Gloucestershire. They'd often slip me the odd freebie 7 inch for the Hospital Radio station, which was always much appreciated. I'm pretty sure all those plays of Terence Trent D'arby on my Friday night show made him famous to be honest.

"The Trading Post is still going strong 40 years later. Purchased by a similar fan of the store to me, who probably took the same route home from school as me too.

"I often wonder if they still have that picture disc of Welcome To The Pleasuredome I could never afford."


Dave Harwood
31 Jan 2024 at 03:27
I found this piece in the 'Gloucester Citizen' dated 12th November 1994: “THE hair colour may be wrong but, if you believe your ears and not your eyes, Gloucestershire could be well on the way to producing the next Blondie. The band currently causing a bit of a stir is called Nita and its debut single “Just A Matter Of Time” certainly boasts all the catchy lines of the famous 80s peroxide rockers. A taste of things to come was given with a special acoustic set at Trading Post Records in the band’s hometown of Stroud. It revealed an enjoyable collection of female-fronted guitar pop that brought back memories of bands like The Bangles, The Pretenders and yes, Blondie.”
La Windo
06 May 2024 at 06:25
I worked as a rep for Pinnacle distribution from 1995-2007 and I used to call on Trading Post. Always a quirky shop and both Jo and Simon ran it with love, sad to say I walked past the shop last week and it has closed down.

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