For the first time in decades, visitors to the strip mall at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King Boulevard won't experience the music and incense wafting out the door of the internationally famous music store VIP Records. VIP owner Kelvin Anderson has determined that his
VIP Records is petitioning to preserve its iconic sign as a historical landmark and open the World-Famous VIP Museum and Creative Arts and Technology Center.
The World Famous VIP Records sign saga added another chapter to what has been a flurry of changes over the past few weeks as the record store owner and operator Kelvin Anderson announced yesterday that an agreement on the fate of the iconic sign had been reached with the city.
Spearheaded by Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilman Dee Andrews, the City of Long Beach has identified $80,000 to help World Famous VIP Records, LLC preserve its iconic sign, Andrews’ office announced today.
With an initial investment from the city, Long Beach’s World Famous VIP Records’ iconic sign will be temporarily removed and restored before the parties involved agree on a permanent resting place for the iconic hip-hop record store sign.
World Famous VIP Records founder Kelvin Anderson, Sr. took a major step forward in preserving its internationally-known hip-hop legacy by submitting an application at City Hall to declare the iconic sign as a historic landmark.
World Famous VIP Records is calling for a boycott of a 7-Eleven scheduled to open at the former record store’s location in Central Long Beach this December.
A unanimous vote by the Cultural Heritage Commission Monday night passed an agenda item to designate the World Famous VIP Records sign as a historic landmark.