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Amoeba Music will stay in Hollywood, within blocks of current location

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Owners want to put a weed dispensary in the new store

A photo of the exterior of the Ameoba Music building taken from Sunset Boulevard.
Ameoba Music sits on Sunset Boulevard and Ivar, in a space it’s occupied since 2001.
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Ameoba Music plans to move to a new location in Hollywood, but it’s not going far. The new spot will be “within blocks” of where it sits now, on Sunset between Ivar and Cahuenga, Amoeba’s co-owner Marc Weinstein tells Variety.

The present location is slated to be torn down to make way for a new residential tower, with work starting on the high-rise as soon as next year.

The new store won’t be a huge change in terms of size, according to Variety. The new spaces under consideration are about 20,000 square feet— roughly 15 percent smaller than the store’s cavernous footprint now.

The new space may also include a weed dispensary. Amoeba’s Berkeley location recently opened a marijuana dispensary and ownership plans to seek permits from the city of Los Angeles.

Amoeba sold its spot to the developer GPI Companies in 2015, then leased its space back. Amoeba’s lease at its Sunset Boulevard location runs out in early 2019. GPI aims to start building on the site later the same year.

In 2016, GPI filed plans with the city on a project that would demolish the music store’s building and replace it with a glassy, 28-story tower holding 232 residential units and 7,000 square feet of street-level commercial space.

Variety has the exclusive on the store’s future; read more about it here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the size of the spaces Amoeba is considering for its next Hollywood location. They are 15 percent smaller than the current space.