CD Central is Lexington’s oldest and largest independent NEW and USED music store, specializing in indie rock, alternative, R&B, metal, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and musical alternatives of all kinds. CD Central has an extensive selection of new, used and collectible LPs and carries turntables and accessories to help you get the most out of your vinyl collection. We also carry a good selection of new and used DVDs, posters, t-shirts, stereo equipment and much more.
We opened in 1995 near the University of Kentucky campus and were mainly a used CD store at that time. In a couple of years we doubled our space, moved to a bigger location a block away in 1999 (our present building), and then doubled our space yet again a few years later. While our big-box competition has reduced their music selection we’ve continued to grow!
CD Central is one of the founding members of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS) as well as Lexington’s “buy local” organization, Local First Lexington. On Record Store Day and certain other holidays we throw a big parking lot party with local bands, which has become something of a local tradition, and we’ve also hosted in-stores by nationally-known artists as varied as the Black Keys, Charlie Louvin, Bernie Worrell and the Avett Brothers.