By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE — Haines Music Store is closing Saturday after nearly five decades of providing services to 30 area scholastic bands.
Co-owners Nevin Garret and his wife, Pamela, are retiring and negotiating to sell the assets of the business to their competitor, Robert M. Sides Family Music Center in Williamsport.
“Nobody in our family was interested,” Garrett said, leaving them no option but to sell.
The Williamsport company is not purchasing the building at 12 Commerce Ave. in Selinsgrove where Haines has been operating since relocating in 1993 from 241 Market St. in Sunbury.
“They won’t have a presence here,” said Garrett, who admits the decision to close shop is bittersweet. “I kind of wish they would (remain), but it’s their choice.”
Haines was established in Sunbury in 1965 by Ward Haines, who ran the music store until 1986 when the Garretts purchased it.
A former junior high school band leader in Danville, Garrett said he was interested in moving from teaching to overseeing a music-oriented business that sells and rents instruments and music accessories to the public and nearly all Valley bands.
“It’s been rewarding over the years,” he said.