HMV Oxford Street flagship among 27 stores to shut down

HMV Oxford Street
// List of 27 under-performing HMV stores to shut down revealed
// Iconic London flagship on Oxford Street among the stores listed
// HMV was bought out of administration by Canadian music retailer Sunrise Records

The locations of HMV stores that have closed down with immediate effect under new owners have been revealed, and the iconic flagship on London’s Oxford Street is among them.

HMV’s flagship is one of 27 unprofitable stores to have shut down after the retailer was bought out of administration by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records.

The famous flagship opened in 1921 as HMV’s first-ever store, and aside from the two years between 1937 and 1939 where the building was fire damaged, the retailer has retained a presence on Oxford Street ever since.

It moved from its current location in 1986 to the larger 150 Oxford Street, but returned to its original 363 Oxford Street address in 2013.

While Sunrise Records’ rescue of the music and entertainment retailer safeguards almost 1500 jobs and 100 HMV stores, administrators from KPMG said 455 redundancies will result from the 27 under-performing store closures, as well as 122 warehouse employees as part of a winding down process.

Aside from the London flagship, other notable HMV stores that have shut down include Intu Merry Hill in Wolverhampton, Meadowhall in Sheffield, Queensgate in Peterborough, Intu Trafford in Manchester, Bluewater in Kent, and Wesfield London in White City, west London.

Full list of HMV stores to close down:

  • Ayr
  • Bath
  • Bluewater
  • Bristol Cribbs
  • Chichester
  • Exeter Princesshay
  • Fopp Bristol
  • Fopp Glasgow Byres
  • Fopp Manchester
  • Fopp Oxford
  • Glasgow Braehead
  • Guernsey
  • Hereford
  • Manchester Trafford
  • Merry Hill
  • Oxford Street, London
  • Peterborough Queensgate
  • Plymouth Drake Circus
  • Reading
  • Sheffield Meadowhall
  • Southport
  • Thurrock
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Uxbridge
  • Watford
  • Westfield London
  • Wimbledon

Headed up by Canadian retail mogul Doug Putman, Sunrise Records’ acquisition of the British music retailer this week comes after it took over around 70 HMV stores when the Canadian arm of business collapsed in early 2017.

HMV’s now-former owners Hilco – which bought the retailer in 2013 – had called in administrators from KPMG on December 28, marking the second time in six years that the retailer collapsed.

HMV blamed a “tsunami” of challenges for its failure such as rising business rates, dwindling footfall and a rapidly changing physical media market due to the increasing popularity of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

KPMG then fielded “several” offers to buy HMV out of administration, with Mike Ashley emerging as one of the potential suitors before Doug Putman stepped into the fray.

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  1. There’s still a need for HMV; it would give you ideas for movies, comedy/serial boxsets. Sure, netflix and amazon cater to your every need, but you have to KNOW what you want beforehand. If you just wanted ideas for movies, comedy etc, (while being patron to them where possible ), then that’s where HMV came in.
    Ok, so there wasn’t a great deal of choice, but I defy anybody to say that they didn’t discover something new and fascinating there – some of my best movies were randomly plucked of the shelf in that ancient shop – the Bond St branch that is.
    Now, after a mission into Oxford St to aquire whatever it is I’m after, there’s a massive void that was once filled by HMV – the pleasurable cap on an otherwise arduous shopping trip…

  2. Its a discgrace to close the shop on oxford street. Its a highlight for shoppinhg when visiting london. You can close the headquarters and the 2 suburb stores and keep oxford street open. Its great for visiting tourist and londoners so reopen the store


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