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Opinion: The Record Closing Signifies a Stronger Coatesville to Come

Feb 7, 2024 | Coatesville, Downtown

We don’t do this kind of post very often – as a matter of fact, this is our first post of this kind. More of an opinion piece than a Positive Story, Event, or individual business/person Highlight for Coatesville. But I felt that it was important to highlight the story of one of the newer restaurants, The Record, closing in downtown Coatesville. Or, more so, the preparation for the changing of hands.

The Record, which has accrued a social media following of well over 2,000 followers in just the last year+, announced that they’ll be closing their doors as of 2/4/24 (see their post below).

As always (and we love this about our community), it didn’t take long for the word to get out, primarily across social media platforms, of the closing of the restaurant. So far, I’ve seen lots of support for the business, some optimism, and some pessimism. I wanted to make a quick post that, from my perspective, this seems like not just the closing of a restaurant, but the calculated off-loading of an actualized real estate investment in a booming city.

I don’t need to reiterate the difficulties that all restaurants, but specifically in our downtown Coatesville space, have been facing. I don’t need to reiterate that it is a shame to not have another great restaurant, albeit seemingly for a brief time, and the impact on the community and employees of The Record.

However, I do want to focus on what I see to be the most important element of this news. In their closing message, they detail, “As a part of our community development program, we have closed our restaurant on February 4, 2024, and we are now actively seeking a local buyer for the restaurant, as well as for the Real Estate, to place the business in the hands of local entrepreneurs. It has been our pleasure to have had the opportunity to bring this property back to life for decades to come.

The city of Coatesville is now in a position where developers will enter the city, purchase properties, convert those properties into something GREAT (like the Record!), and then turn it back over to a local entrepreneur. This is the kind of thing that we need. It takes an immense amount of work and energy to take an outdated space and turn it into a functional, aesthetic restaurant. Now, it will act as the perfect launchpad for a new entrepreneur to try their hand at the industry, or provide a great space for an experienced restauranteur to establish their next location.

The closing of the Record signifies a stronger Coatesville, friendly to investors, developers, and improvers. It is the place of growth, adaptive to change, and full of individuals with entrepreneurial spirits that will take this space and turn it into something great. While it is technically the end of the chapter for the Record, the story of the space continues on. As a member of this great community (19320!), I strive to continue to support, highlight, and cheer on the next great business to come to the city.

Posted by Braedon Swindler

Braedon is the founder of Valley Crossing Digital and 19320GO! Having lived in Coatesville since 2021, Braedon enjoys bringing new technology innovations to the greater Coatesville area.

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