Two longtime QC music businesses to merge on July 1, West to close in Moline

On July 1, 2022, two local family-run music stores with 200 years of combined experience will be making great music together, expanding their services to musicians in and around major quad cities.

West Music Company is acquiring Griggs Music, and the combined resources will provide greater access to high-quality products, accessories, printed music, lessons and instrument repair, according to a Wednesday press release. “Clients will continue to work with the same great people they’ve relied on in the past. Thanks to the combined talent of both companies, customers will continue to receive the extraordinary service they have come to expect,” the statement read.

Both QC locations will continue to operate – Griggs Music, 3849 Brady St., Davenport, and the West Music location, 4305 44e Ave, Moline, but the Moline store in West is expected to close after September.

Griggs Music was founded in 1903 and its QC store is at 3849 Brady St., Davenport.

“After an incredible 47-year career with Griggs Music, it’s time to move on to a new chapter in my life. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have spent my entire career at one company and to have been CEO for the past 24 years,” said Griggs Music CEO Steve Judge (who is retiring).

“West Music has a similar rich tradition and culture and my respect for their organization has only grown over the years,” he said. “I have interacted with 3 generations of owners at both Griggs Music and West Music and I believe our merger will result in an even stronger organization committed to its staff and our musical families. I look forward to working with West Music to ensure we continue the tradition of being the best locally owned instrumental music store.

Griggs CEO Steve Judge with West Music CEO Robin Walenta outside the Griggs Davenport store, Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Robin Walenta, CEO of West Music, was at Griggs in Davenport on Wednesday morning and said it took a lot of thought to decide to close the West Moline store, which has 19 employees.

“It took a lot of talking about different markets, where would be the best facility for us to establish ourselves in the long term,” she said, noting that the 50-year-old Griggs store in Kimberly and Brady has a high traffic and can accommodate West employees and music students. “It’s a nice facility, and will be very useful for us moving here.”

“I’ve known Steve Judge for my entire professional career. We grew up in the music business together,” Walenta said. happy to work closely with them to expand our reach by creating more lifelong music makers in the region. What a great company we are, enriching people’s lives through the joy of making music.

Griggs Music (with 18 current employees), established in 1903 by Arthur P. Griggs, has over a century of experience in the Davenport community.

Through it all, however, the Griggs name has remained synonymous with music and excellence in musical instrument sales in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois, according to the release.

West Music plans to close its QC store at 4305 44e Ave, Moline, after September 2022.

Founded in 1941, West Music’s continued growth and success is built on a rich history of quality service and opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to “Play Now, Play For Life”.

West Music has several locations in eastern Iowa, including stores in Coralville, Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids and service centers in Dubuque and Des Moines. It offers sales, repair, lessons and music therapy services for instruments and printed music. The company also serves customers nationally and even internationally through its multiple e-commerce websites and catalog departments.

Judge will remain this year and Griggs will transition to the West Music name and brand in the coming months.

“It’s really about bringing together two great companies with a strong heritage in the music business,” Walenta said. “Griggs Music is important to the community, it’s important that we maintain that legacy, Griggs is a great company, has a solid reputation in the Quad Cities area, something we wanted to maintain.”

West has a total of 210 employees. Walenta said that all the associates of both companies “have a lot of talent and we intend for them to contribute, to be the best they can be. All the partners of the two companies will remain in their functions. »

For more information on West Music, visit their website. To learn more about Griggs, visit his website.

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