Famous Eastbourne Music Store Relocates to Larger Site


Bonners opened in 1976 in Ivy Terrace and was owned by musician Peter Bonner. Peter was a resident of the Kings Country Club alongside famous figures such as Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

A second store was opened in Grove Road in the 1980s and in 2005 it moved to Langney Road.

Tony White grew up working at Bonners and in 2000 he took over the company with his business partner Myke Edwards. Since then, the duo have opened two more Bonners stores in Surrey and Milton Keynes.

Bonners staff outside the new site. Photo by Peter Cripps. SUS-210308-104825001

The most recent site is an 11,000 square foot two story store in Faraday Close, near Morrisons Hampden Park. It has the largest selection of acoustic pianos, digital pianos and keyboards in South London.

Tony said: “Our new Bonners site is a perfect fit, offering more space to display the beautiful instruments we sell and for customers to try out, as well as new facilities such as a guitar test booth and of amps, a video suite, an extended guitar workshop and extended ranges in major brands.

“I have seen huge changes in the way our customers shop, and this movement reflects those developments.

“We keep the Guitar Shop and Piano Center, both with our experienced and helpful staff, under one roof, but in a more open and relaxed setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.”

Peter Bonner SUS-210730-102351001

Christina Ewbank, Managing Director of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, said: “Bonners is one of Eastbourne’s great success stories and I am delighted that this well-established business has continued to thrive and adapt despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“I wish the Bonners team the best of luck in their new home in Eastbourne.”

Peter and Gary Bonner SUS-210730-102248001
Original announcement for the opening of the Bonners store SUS-210730-102340001
Langney Road Bonners store in the 1970s SUS-210730-102319001
Grove Road Bonners store in 1988 SUS-210730-102307001
Langney Road Bonners Store SUS-210730-102329001

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