Macklemore upset as business that inspired his ‘Thrift Shop’ hit closes down

Seattle shop Value Village has closed its doors

A Seattle second-hand clothes store featured in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ 2012 hit ‘Thrift Shop’ has closed down, with Macklemore himself taking to social media to express his disappointment.

The Seattle Times reports that the Value Village thrift store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood has shut its doors. It had been in the location since 1996.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Though unfortunate, certain business conditions have made it necessary to close our Value Village thrift store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood after a number of years of leasing the space on a month-to-month basis”.


The store was one of several thrift shops used as the setting for Macklemore’s video. Macklemore has responded to the news on Twitter by writing: “Ah hell no!!!”

Meanwhile, Macklemore has thanked fans after collecting an MTV European Music Award for his ‘Downtown’ video with Ryan Lewis.


The rapper was in Rome alongside musical partner Ryan Lewis last Sunday night (October 25) to collect the prize for Best Video for their 2015 effort, which shows the duo throwing a parade on a street in Seattle.

Reacting to the win, Mackemore said he was “blown away” with the accolade and thanked those involved with the video on Instagram as well as praising his fans.

Macklemore and Lewis are also set to play a series of UK arena tour dates in April 2016.

The pair will release a new album later this year. The as-yet-untitled album will be the follow up to 2013’s ‘The Heist’ which featured hit singles ‘Same Love’ and ‘Thrift Shop’.

They will be back on the road in April next year with a tour that begins at Manchester Arena on April 12 and culminates at the end of the month at The O2 in London. The hip-hop duo will play dates in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham in between.

Macklemore and Lewis will play:

Manchester, Arena (April 12)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (April 13)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (April 22)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (April 23)
Nottingham, Capital FM Arena (April 24)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (April 26)
London, The O2 Arena (April 27)

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