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day, " he recalls. " We developed quite a cult
following as a result of our shared enthusiasm
and best-in-class product selection. "
The co-owners took this as a cue, quickly
expanding Audio Breakthroughs to two more
retail locations in Huntington, N.Y., and Manhattan
- " virgin territories back then with a
lot of potential, " Bruce says.
From Setbacks to Silver Linings
Unfortunately, Audio Breakthroughs experienced
its first setback when the economy
collapsed in 1987. " We closed the Huntington
location and then the Manhattan location,
and concentrated on our original Manhasset
store, " Bruce says.
" In hindsight, the store closings led us
down a path toward greater success, " he
adds. " Keeping everything in one location
allowed us to stay close to every aspect of
the business and step up our game. "
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Audio Breakthroughs' Spencer Clark (left),
vice president, and Bruce Clark, president,
remain one of the last truly hybrid retail/
custom installation stores, having migrated
its focus from audio to full integration.
As it scaled down its physical footprint to
a single store, Audio Breakthroughs scaled
up its product offerings, highlighting the beginnings
of home theater, which would be an
important part of the business going forward
as the company helped to truly usher in the
category in the custom electronics world.
As time went on, Bruce's son, Spencer,
joined the business after graduating from
business school. " I had always envisioned
Spencer tackling Wall Street after graduating
and making a lot of money, " Bruce
says. " Instead, he decided to apply some of
the business lessons he learned to Audio
Breakthroughs' operations [Spencer is now
Quick Stats
Company: Audio
Breakthroughs
Location: Manhasset, N.Y.
Principals: Bruce Clark,
owner & president;
Spencer Clark, vice
president
Website: audio1975.com
Revenue (2021): $6,170,000
Years in Business: 47
Number of Employees: 23
Specialty: High-End AV,
Home Theater,
Automation, Retail, and
Custom Installations
Top Brands: Lutron, LG,
Sony, Snap One, Sound
United, GoldenEar,
Anthem, Paradigm, Pass
Labs, NAD, MartinLogan,
Sonos, McIntosh, JVC
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