Longtime TV repair, record shop closes in downtown Charleston

James Peterson, owner of Honest John’s TV Repair and Record Shop on King Street ni Charleston, said business is not what it used to be. The shop closed Thursday after 45 years.

After 45 years, a King Street business has called it quits.

Honest John’s TV Repair and Record Shop at 509 King closed Thursday.

“Business wasn’t like it used to be,” said shop owner James Peterson. “On a 100 percent scale, we have only been doing about 30 percent of what the store used to do. It has been declining for about 30 years.”

Now 68, Peterson said it’s time to relax.

The shop repaired all types of televisions and sold all kinds of music. The store’s stock was donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Peterson, a former police officer for several years, is now a volunteer chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He lives on Johns Island.

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“I believe in giving back,” Peterson said. “Charleston has been so good to us.”

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