There's a deep love for a building among the many who remember its glory days. Now, the area's split between those who think it should be saved and those who say it's just too late.
The Sumner County Museum has a section dedicated to a place that made Gallatin known to the world, Randy's Record Shop.
"It was the world's largest mail-order record store," said museum executive director Ryan Baker, playing a Johnny Maddox record that was pressed at the site. "By the mid-1950s, they were selling over 500,000 records a year. We've had some people even compare it to a pre-Amazon."
Baker told the story of Randy Wood, the man with the vision for the place.
"You could go pick out a record and listen to it before you bought it," he continued. "I imagine it was quite the place to be in town."
There are problems with the old Randy's Record Shop Building on West Main. Last month, the building's roof collapsed. A warning about the building's safety from the Gallatin Fire Inspector is attached to the door.
Tuesday, the city council will discuss whether they'll declare it a dangerous building. The move could tell the owner to either get it up to code or tear it down. Many city officials don't believe the place, long empty and containing so much roof and water damage, is salvageable.
"We need at all costs to save this historical building," said resident Johnny Griffin. "When I was a teenager, every day after school, if you had any money, you went to Randy's Record Shop. As soon as the newest record came out, you knew you could find it at Randy's Record Shop."
Griffin's looking to lead the effort to protect the old Randy's building.
"As far as I'm concerned, that's the most historical building in this town," he said.
Griffin said many in Gallatin would donate to a cause to save it. He wants to reach the owner to figure out a plan to save it, not wanting to lose the place that Randy Wood once made great.
"What he did for this town, I don't think anybody else could ever do," he said. "I'm just a single person here trying to do this. I hope this gets out in Nashville and the music industry to get some support. The problem is, we're short on time."
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