HMV Confirm Closure Of 66 Stores
, February 7th, 2013 08:19
Music chain confirms that 66 stores will be shutting down, meaning the loss of 930 jobs
Following speculation earlier this week that the troubled music chain would close 100 of its 223 stores, the BBC report that HMV have announced that it will be closing 66 stores around the UK, meaning the loss of 930 jobs.
While no firm date for the closures has been given, administrators Deloitte expect them to take place over the next two months, with the affected stores set to continue trading during that time.
The stores that will be closing are:
England: Ashton-under-Lyne, Barnsley, Bayswater, Bexleyheath, Birkenhead, Birmingham Fort, Blackburn, Boston, Bournemouth Castlepoint, Bracknell, Burton-upon-Trent, Camberley, Chesterfield, Croydon Centrale, Durham, Fulham, Huddersfield, Leamington Spa, Leeds White Rose, Loughborough, Luton, Manchester 90, Moorgate, Orpington, Rochdale, Scunthorpe, South Shields, Speke Park, St Albans, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Tamworth, Teesside, Telford, Trocadero, Wakefield, Walsall, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Warrington, Watford, Wellingborough, Wigan, Wood Green, Workington
Scotland: Dumfries, Edinburgh Fort, Edinburgh Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Ocean, Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh St James, Falkirk, Glasgow - Fort, Glasgow - Silverburn, Glasgow Braehead, Kirkcaldy
Northern Ireland: Ballymena, Belfast Boucher Road, Belfast Forestside, Coleraine, Craigavon, Derry, Lisburn, Newry, Newtownabbey
Speaking about the closures, Nick Edwards, one of Deloitte's joint administrators, said: "This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business' future as a going concern. We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period. All other key stakeholders remain very supportive and I continue to be hopeful of securing a future for the restructured business."