Wellingborough’s HMV store to close

Wellingborough's HMV store is set to close
Wellingborough's HMV store is set to close

Wellingborough’s HMV store has been confirmed as one of 66 to close over the coming months, according to administrators.

Administrators for the music chain have today confirmed 66 shops will close in the next few months.

The Wellingborough store is one of those closing, while the Kettering store is currently safe from closure as well as the Northampton branch in the Grosvenor Centre.

Deloitte said the closures were expected over the next one to two months.

Administrator Nick Edwards said the shops had been identified as part of an ongoing review of the company’s financial position and the group still hoped to secure a future for the restructured business.

He 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.”

No-one from the Wellingborough store would comment on the announcement, but shoppers felt the closure was bad news for the town.

Connor Dellar, 17, of Fulmar Lane, Wellingborough, said: “It’s a bad thing for everyone.

“The internet has taken over, everyone just downloads music now.”

Jazz West, 17, of Crome Close, Wellingborough, said: “It’s not like Wellingborough has other shops which sell games, DVDs and movies.

“Wellingborough is already small enough.

“I used to go there quite a lot.”

The group, which currently has 220 UK stores, called in the administrators last month, but hopes of a rescue deal have been raised after restructuring firm Hilco - the group behind HMV Canada - bought the company’s debt.

Deloitte said the 66 shops, which employ 930 people, were all loss-making. They include five outlets in Edinburgh and three in Glasgow.

The closure plans come after the group axed nearly 190 jobs across its offices and distribution centres last month.

The store closures come amid the high profile collapses of camera chain Jessops and DVD and game rental business Blockbuster last month. Administrators closed all of Jessops’ 187 stores after it collapsed, but sold the business to a group of buyers that includes Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones.

Here is a full list of the stores set to close: Ashton-under-Lyne, Ballymena, Barnsley, Bayswater, Belfast Boucher Road, Belfast Forestside, Bexleyheath, Birkenhead, Birmingham Fort, Blackburn, Boston, Bournemouth Castlepoint, Bracknell, Burton-upon-Trent, Camberley, Chesterfield, Coleraine, Craigavon, Croydon Centrale, Derry, Dumfries, Durham, Edinburgh Fort, Edinburgh Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Ocean, Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh St James, Falkirk, Fulham, Glasgow Fort, Glasgow Silverburn, Glasgow Braehead, Huddersfield, Kirkcaldy, Leamington Spa, Leeds White Rose, Lisburn, Loughborough, Luton, Manchester, Moorgate, Newry, Newtonabbey, Orpington, Rochdale, Scunthorpe, South Shields, Speke Park, St Albans, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Tamworth, Teesside Retail Park, Telford, London Trocadero, Wakefield, Walsall, Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Warrington, Watford, Wellingborough, Wigan, Wood Green, Workington, Wrexham.