Uncertainty over the future of Chester Dawsons’ iconic music store

Uncertainty surrounds the future of an iconic musical instrument shop in Chester city centre.

Shutters have remained closed at Dawsons on Pepper Street since last week.

Eyewitnesses also reported seeing stock packed inside the store.

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CheshireLive understands the retailer has recently experienced staffing issues.

When we dialed the phone number to speak to the store it said the call could not be accepted, while the website says it is currently undergoing maintenance and will be ‘back soon’.

CheshireLive have also made numerous attempts to speak to the owners of Arranged Musical Options Ltd but have yet to receive a response.



Manchester music entrepreneur Andrew M Oliver and his wife Karen Oliver

Chester BID confirmed that he had no official confirmation of the permanent closure of the store.

In May 2020 Dawsons was bought out of administration by Manchester music entrepreneur Andrew M Oliver and his wife Karen Oliver.

However, due to “difficult trading conditions exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 on high street footfall”, the iconic brand – founded in Warrington over 120 years ago – fell into administration again in September from Last year.

Immediately after their appointment, the joint administrators sold part of the company’s business and assets to Arranged Musical Options Ltd – Andrew and Karen’s existing business.

Dawsons continued to trade from their Chester store, while retaining their warehouse in Haydock, with a total of 18 staff moving to Arranged Musical Options Ltd as part of the sale.

Due to the closure of its remaining operations, 48 ​​staff members were made redundant.

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