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Taylor Swift Helps Grimey’s Employees After Record Store Closes


Just a few weeks ago, Taylor Swift donated $1 million to the Tornado Relief fund in Nashville. Now, Swift is helping out a small business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nashville record store Grimey’s New & Preloved Music recently closed its doors to comply with Nashville mayor’s request for all non-essential businesses to close. By doing so, it created a strain on the store and its employees and Swift stepped in to help.

“We were very surprised, and I would have to say amazed, that Taylor Swift reached out to us through her publicist to offer some relief during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Grimey’s co-owner Doyle Davis told Rolling Stone. “I didn’t even know we were on her radar, but she really stepped up to help after the recent tornadoes that struck Nashville and middle Tennessee, and now she’s trying to help a beloved small business in her city.”

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“Taylor generously offered some direct relief to my staff and to cover three months of our health care costs for our group-insurance plan,” he continued. “It’s a huge deal to us, and now I have some peace of mind as we apply for [Small Business Association] loans to pay rent, vendors, and other expenses. This assistance from Ms. Swift helps give us a real shot at coming back on the other side of this.”

Grimey’s appeared on the Rolling Stones list of the Ten Best Record Stores in America 2018.

The record store has been a Nashville staple for the last 20 years. Grimey’s has recently updated its website to allow online record sales. Visit their website here. 

Donna Vissman
Donna Vissman
Music fanatic. Event attendee. Prone to fits of large coffee consumption. Always looking for the perfect pair of jeans.
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