Oxford Record Shop: Truck Store on Cowley Road

Once lost, some things never return: empires, David Trezeguet’s football shirt, the handloom industry, virginity, my Belle & Sebastian bookmark, records shops.

But Oxford’s bucking the trend and – in what’s either a calculated act of genius or misadventure on a grand scale – tonight (Thurs 10 Feb 2011) sees the opening of Truck Store, a proper independent music shop. For the first time in three years it’s possible to buy not-quite-mainstream CDs/DVDs/vinyl in the city. No need to use Amazon or eBay, just pop along to the warm shop at 101 Cowley Road.

I just went to have a look ahead of the official opening.


The shop’s a joint operation, run by Witney’s Rapture Records but with guidance and branding from the Bennett clan at Truck. They’ve gutted the old Videosyncratic building, given it a lick of paint and made the place a whole lot brighter. What used to be a murky storage area is now a mini-stage for gigs.

I’ve not lived near a decent shop since the loss of York’s Track Records. But this looks very promising.

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13 Responses to Oxford Record Shop: Truck Store on Cowley Road

  1. JAM says:

    i live in nyc, so it’s highly unlikely i’ll ever stop in, but i’d like to say BEST OF LUCK, MUCH RESPECT!!!!

  2. mark stanley says:

    Good to see a independant record store for once i live and we have sweet shit here
    so i will pop up and see what stoner/doom on vinyl you have

  3. Marc Wilcox says:

    Great news! Cant wait to come over and see what you have to offer.

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  7. SM says:

    hehe its a sweet place. just popped in today and bought a fairly old Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti record. worth it… its SWEET… never thought i could find so many of my favorite bands/artists in one place… AND ON VINYL!!

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  9. fantastic news late i know lol but went in there today great wooooooooooooooooooo

  10. wendy evans says:

    Hello is truck stop still open, if so do you have a phone number ?

  11. David says:

    It is: 01865 793 866

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  13. Dave H says:

    Awesome store! Loving the relaxed atmosphere!

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