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Robert M. Sides to Move to a New Location

by and on March 05, 2019 5:00 AM

After 19 years along North Atherton Street, Robert M. Sides Family Music Center is moving to a new location not too far away in the Aaron Plaza.

Owner Peter Sides said he hopes to move to the new location by July, but first some other things need to work themselves out at Aaron Plaza, 434 W. Aaron Dr.. The music store will take over the current space of ProCopy which will move into the space that was the home to Back to Life Physical Therapy. Back to Life is in the process of moving to the only vacancy in the shopping center.

Sides said the move to the location is a perfect fit for the music store.

“I really like the synergy of the plaza. Wiscoy is a major destination for families and kids and the whole feel of the plaza is the kind of place we feel good about,” said Sides.

He doesn’t know who might be going into the North Atherton Street location after they move out, but he said that the 8,000-square-foot store served them well for many years, although it was maybe a little oversized for the business. Sides can see how the North Atherton Street area is building up and while a bigger store might benefit from all the traffic, it ended up being a little difficult for people coming to the music store.

“Music stores are more of a destination, so we don’t need that traffic,” said Sides. He feels they will be able to serve their customers well at their new location.

“One mother told me it would be nice to be able to pull up and go right into the store,” said Sides, because the current entrance is a walk from the side parking lot. “So the new location should make life a little easier for customers.”

Sides said the new location will still provide all of the same music lessons and maintain seven lesson rooms.

He added that they recently signed a 10-year lease for the new spot and plan to be in the area for a long time. And he is glad that all the rearranging at Aaron Plaza was good for all involved.

“After a bit of musical chairs, it is a great thing for everybody,” said Sides.



This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.


Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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