KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Since the death of legendary singer Whitney Houston, her fans have been
scrambling to pick up the star's merchandise. But the items are hard to
keep in stock in Knoxville.
John Bevis has been running the Disc Exchange at 2615 Chapman Highway for 10 years. When he learned of Houston's death, he expected a surge in customers.
"It's a typical reaction you get when someone of great significance dies. You always have this flood of people coming in wanting their stuff," Bevis said.
Bevis says the Disc Exchange sold out of Houston's CDs and records just minutes after her death was reported.
Restocking the shelves hasn't been easy. "We're out completely. We sold out of all her merchandise, used vinyl. All we had on her is gone," Bevis said.
They've been trying to restock their shelves, but even their distributors are waiting on additional Houston supplies.
Dozens of people have stopped by or called the store asking for her CDs, records and soundtracks.
Bevis says many customers tell him they've been looking all over town for her music with no success.
"Her CDs and stuff haven't sold very well in the past few years so we didn't carry as much so we got caught in this situation. But I don't know that there's anyone out there that didn't," he explained.
Bevis says a new shipment of Houston CDs and soundtracks could be in stock any day now.
Disc Exchange has a special order list, and the requests for Houston's merchandise continue to grow. If you want an item, call and they will hold it for you when a shipment arrives. The number is 865-573-5710.