Im not sure if anyone else here goes in regularly but i was informed today that the owner apparently can't be arsed with the store and it will be closing its doors in 4 - 8 weeks, Rich & Russell who work in the Metal & Hardcore section are looking to see if its possible to save and move to another location in Birmingham but im not sure if thats just a pipe dream.
Very sad indeed. I buy the odd thing there; it's nice to actually buy records in person. I hear it's still quite profitable though, so strange not to just transfer it over to people who want to run it.
In some cases, actually, the music I'm after doesn't tend to be available in Tempest. When it comes to more mainstream releases - Wolves in the Throne Room's Black Cascade and Enslaved's Vertebrae, for example - I've picked up copies in Tempest.
To be honest, since I live around the corner from Polar Bear in Kings Heath (which has a decent, if limited, metal section) I've found myself shopping in there a fair bit. Supporting your local record store is markedly more expensive, though, and given the choice between that or being able to buy more music, I'll always come down on the side of the latter.
I'm very sad that Tempest is closing, but I have to say that the selection in there usually isn't to my taste, and when it is it's too expensive. It's a bit like when the Electric Cinema closed - I was gutted and did a lot of handwringing, but I only actually went there once every few months at most. (I realise its opened again but its current incarnation isn't a patch on what it used to be). I don't think the closure of Tempest will be a big deal, sadly.