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J&R To Host Concerts, Expo Starting Thursday
August 20, 2008

The venerable New York music and electronics retail J&R Music World will host its annual MusicFest and Tech Expo, beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday. The event, which will be held both at the store and in nearby City Hall Park, will feature performances from singer/actor Terrence Howard and singers Solange and Michelle Williams on Thursday, followed by a slate on Friday that includes the Caribbean Jazz Project, Esperanza Spaulding, Aaron Parks and Roy Hargrove. On Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. the program will headlined by R&B star Ashanti, joined by singer Joe, as well as Nicole Henry, Naturally 7 and Jo De

J&R’s Rachelle Friedman Talks to Dealerscope
June 18, 2008

At last week’s Digitial Downtown event in New York, Dealerscope sat down with Rachelle Friedman, the legendary owner of J&R Music and Computer World in downtown Manhattan. The video of that interview can be viewed in its entirety here.

Rachelle Friedman Interview
June 17, 2008

Dealerscope speaks to J&R co-CEO Rachelle Friedman about Digital Downtown, hot products and how J&R is weathering the current economic downturn.

J&R, Digital Downtown Announce Partnership
May 28, 2008

The venerable Manhattan retailer J&R Music & Computer World announced this week that its annual SummerFest & Tech Expo will be tied in with Digital Downtown, the new technology showcase scheduled for June 12-14. The event, organized in association with the Consumer Electronics Association, the producer of the International CES, will be held at the World Financial Center in the New York City Financial District, blocks away from J&R. Both J&R and Digital Downtown have agreed to cross-promote each other’s event leading up to mid-June. “We welcome Digital Downtown and CEA to our neighborhood and look forward to working together to build

J&R To Welcome Santa, Shrek
December 7, 2007

Two near-mythological figures known for both their girth and for being beloved by children will both appear this weekend at New York’s legendary J&R’s Music World. Both Santa Claus and Shrek will be appearing at J&R’s Holiday Weekend Celebration on Dec. 8 and 9. Those coming to see Santa will get free pictures with the man himself when he appears, while those meeting “Shrek” will get a free poster with the purchase of a “Shrek the Third” DVD. Both big men will appear at the Lower Manhattan store between noon and 4 p.m. both days, while the magician known as Magic Frank will

J&R Announces Tech Expo Lineup
August 13, 2007

The New York retailer J&R Music and J&R Computer World has announced the lineup for its upcoming J&R Downtown Music Fest and Tech Expo, which is scheduled for Aug. 23-26, with 1980s stars Bruce Hornsby, Suzanne Vega, and Chaka Khan headlining free concerts during the expo. The four different performance will all be held in City Hall Park, across the street from J&R’s store on Park Row in Lower Manhattan. The first concert, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, will feature Chaka Khan, with Lyfe Jennings and Israel and New Breed opening. The following night will feature, also at 5 p.m., Vega,

Contacts: Marty Singer, Corporate Sales Manager at J&R Music and Computer World (New York, NY)
July 12, 2007

Marty Singer has over three decades of consumer electronics sales experience, but occasionally, customer requests can still shock him. “I once got an e-mail asking for 40,000 DVD players...and can you ship them tomorrow?” laughs Singer, who runs the corporate sales division of that lower Manhattan retail icon, J&R Music and Computer World. “I gave them a time frame we could do and it didn’t meet their criteria that time...but I’m usually successful at solving customers’ problems. I look at each one as a challenge.” Singer’s customers don’t always walk through the door of the Park Row lineup of J&R storefronts. He goes after city,

Rachelle Friedman, Co-CEO and president of J&R Music and Computer World, New York City
July 2, 2007

First Job in the CE Industry: While I was still in college, going for a degree in Chemistry, we (she and husband Joe Friedman) started J&R as a part time endeavor to make some money till I graduated. I have two heroes in my life: Rudolph Giuliani, for his determination, leadership and courage after 9/11. He was the visible sign of strength and confidence about the future that our downtown family desperately needed to recover from the trauma of destruction and fear of the unknown. And my mother, for showing me how to be a strong woman while still being a classy lady

NARM, Rock Hall of Fame Celebrate the ‘Definitive 200’ at J&R
March 14, 2007

No, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM, for short) isn’t telling consumers to buy another copy of The Beatles’ “White Album” again, in yet another new format. But they are telling them their music collections aren’t complete without at least one. Their forum for this message was the high-profile, World Trade Center-area-based New York City CD retailer J&R Music and Computer World, where recording artist Chuck D of Public Enemy, NARM president Jim Donio, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Joel Peresman, together with J&R CEO Rachelle Friedman, yesterday unveiled the “Definitive 200” – a list of 200 “must-have”

Retail Snapshot: Black Friday Pricing
November 27, 2006

Retail pricing on TV got very competitive on Black Friday, as seen here in this J&R promotion: IN STORE TV BLITZ! PRICES EFFECTIVE ALL DAY FRIDAY NOV.24th in the Park Row store only LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST Here are some examples; Westinghouse LVM-37w3 37-inch 1080 p HD LCD Monitor WAS $1,149.99 FRIDAY only $799.99 Hitachi 42HDS69 42-inch UltraVision Plasma HDTV REG $1,449 FRIDAY ONLY $1,299.99 Olevia 532H 32-inch LCD HDTV REG $749.00 FRIDAY ONLY $499.99 a savings of $250.00