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Mobile’s Andy’s Music Named One of
World’s Top 100 Music Stores

Mobile, AL (May 19, 2015) — Andy’s Music in Mobile, Alabama has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 4th time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Andy’s Music with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.

“To be a four time winner is really an honor, but what makes us proud is our staff who made this happen,” said James Andrews, Vice President, at Andy’s Music Inc.

The Top 100 designation recognizes:

  • A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
  • Proven community advocacy and support for for music education
  • An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
  • Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
  • Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
  • Engaging and effective use of web and social media

Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for a sound business model, resourceful approaches, and effective implementation of best practices. A panel of independent judges scores each entry to determine the Top 100. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.

“The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone, from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Andy’s Music is an important ambassador for making music in Mobile, and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”


Brother and sister, James Andrews and Linsey Andrews Abraham, are fourth generation entrepreneurs. Their great-grandfather Christos Andreoglou, who emigrated from Smyrna, Greece in 1910, had a general store and tavern on Bloodgood Street in Mobile. Their grandfather Jimmy had a restaurant, Andy’s Grill on Broad Street. Their father Jimmy started Andy’s Music in 1977.

Andy’s Music Top 100 Dealer Award

Andy's Music Top 100 Dealer

NAMM Top 100 Dealer Award

Andy’s Music Inc., Mobile, AL, was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Dealers in the U.S. by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).The Top 100 Dealer Awards recognizes outstanding NAMM retailers, who exhibit passion, excellence and innovation in music retailing. Dealers were selected by a panel of industry expert judges.

“We’re very honored to be chosen in the inaugural selection of the top 100 dealers in the U.S. market”, said Jim Andrews, CEO. “It’s an award that speaks highly of our dedicated and experienced staff.”

The criteria NAMM used in selecting the dealers is multifaceted, and includes matters relating to customer satisfaction, sound planning, marketing and training initiatives, merchandising and marketing for customers, and the use of the web and social media in interesting and engaging ways.

“Managing a retail store with high levels of customer service and success, is no easy task, especially in today’s economy,” states NAMM. “These professional retailers achieve high levels of customer service and create an atmosphere that exceeds consumer expectations. These tasks have become second nature and firmly integrated into day-to-day operations. They understand that engaging and developing new music makers as well as servicing current music enthusiasts are the primary keys to success.”

Andy’s Music, established in 1977, is a locally owned, full-line musical instrument dealer in Mobile, Alabama. In addition to offering music lessons, Andy’s sells and services most major brands of musical instruments. Products include guitars, drums, keyboards, pianos, pro audio, band and orchestra instruments, and sheet music. The company’s website is

The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, visit