Tesco has revealed plans to become the first UK supermarket to stock vinyl albums.
55 of the chain’s Tesco Extra stores will stock copies of Iron Maiden‘s new album, The Book Of Souls, which goes on sale on Friday, September 4.
The Independent reports that Tesco could well be followed by other supermarkets, after vinyl sales hit 1.3 million in the UK last year – the highest since 1995, accounting for 2 per cent of the 2014 music market.
Previously Tesco had sold record players in their largest stores. Speaking to Endgadget, Tesco’s music buyer, Michael Mulligan, said “In the last year we began selling record decks in our largest stores and initial sales are very encouraging so giving our customers some new vinyl to play on those decks seems like the logical next step.
“If the trial is a success then we would consider selling more vinyl albums before the end of the year.”
Mulligan confirmed that The Book Of Souls album will cost £24.
Tesco isn’t the only supermarket chain to have sold record players in store. Last year, we reported that discount supermarket chain Lidl had been selling the Silvercrest USB Record Player in store for £49.99.
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