MP Jack Straw to visit threatened Blackburn HMV store

Blackburn Citizen: Blackburn's HMV store Blackburn's HMV store

BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw will tomorrow visit staff at the town’s threatened HMV store after he described the possible closure of the national music and DVD chain as ‘a tragedy’.

Yesterday the 92-year-old firm appointed accountants Deloitte as administrator, making it the latest potential casualty on the High Street and putting about 4,350 jobs at risk including nine at its outlet in The Mall.

Deloitte will keep HMV’s 239 stores in the UK and Ireland open while seeks potential buyers. Trading in HMV shares on the London Stock Exchange has been suspended.

The Blackburn store was open yesterday with signs in the windows saying it was no longer accepting gift vouchers while advertising a ‘25 per cent off’ sale on thousands of items.

HMV closed its store in Charter Walk Burnley, opened in October 2009, 12 months ago.

Mr Straw said: “I shall be going to the Blackburn store and meeting staff there tomorrow. I hope it can be salvaged. I know it is very well used and is a very important part of life in the town.

“If it does close, I am confident it will be replaced. The Mall is buoyant.

“If HMV, and its Blackburn store, close it will be tragedy that staff and customers suffer because of poor decisions taken by management a decade ago.”

Tory planning spokesman on the council Alan Cottam said: “This is very sad news about HMV. They are a victim of changing shopping habits.”

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall, Blackburn, said: “We understand the appointed administrators are currently exploring opportunities for the brand. HMV is continuing to trade as normal.”

The retailer, whose first store was opened in 1921, has faced intense competition from online retailers, digital downloads and supermarkets.

HMV boss Trevor Moore said: “We remain convinced we can find a successful business outcome.

“The intention is to continue to trade the stores.”

Mr Moore said that trading over Christmas had been disappointing, particularly in technology products. Mr Moore added: “There are likely to be very many options for this business in the coming days.”

  • The threat to HMV follows the closure of the Bru Station coffee bar on the first floor of the Mall in November last year.

A high street legend

  • The HMV chain was founded in 1921 with the arrival of its landmark store in Oxford Street.
  • It was opened on July 20 that year by the composer and conductor Sir Edward Elgar.
  • The company became known for its ‘His Master’s Voice’ trademark, the name relating to an 1898 painting of a dog called Nipper listening to a gramophone.
  •  Tragedy struck at the HMV store and offices in Oxford Street on December 26, 1937 when the shop’s caretaker William Travis died in a fire which destroyed the building.
  • During the Second World War, the Oxford Street store stayed open for business while parent company EMI’s record factory at Hayes, west London, was used for munitions manufacturing.
  • The Waterstones book chain became part of the HMV stable in 1998 but was sold off in 2011 as the troubled music chain attempted to get its finances in order.

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3:32pm Wed 16 Jan 13

makaveli96 says...

HMV vouchers now being accepted at Tesco.

Just tell them HMV means Horse Meat Voucher
HMV vouchers now being accepted at Tesco. Just tell them HMV means Horse Meat Voucher makaveli96
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3:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Pens at the ready. . . . . . . . ( drum roll). . . . . . And sign on. :-)

On a serious note can't wait for the all stock must go sale, grab a bargain. Yea
Pens at the ready. . . . . . . . ( drum roll). . . . . . And sign on. :-) On a serious note can't wait for the all stock must go sale, grab a bargain. Yea 2 for 5p
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3:53pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jack daniels says...

you would have thought he'd have a bluray copy of 'Liar Liar' already....
you would have thought he'd have a bluray copy of 'Liar Liar' already.... jack daniels
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3:55pm Wed 16 Jan 13

ToffeeGuy says...

There's always Reidys.

I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons.
There's always Reidys. I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons. ToffeeGuy
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4:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Izanears says...

Jack's visit to HMV could be the STRAW that breaks the camels back!!!!!!
Jack's visit to HMV could be the STRAW that breaks the camels back!!!!!! Izanears
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5:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Wishingwell says...

Good Idea, send round the Redundancy Chaplain
Good Idea, send round the Redundancy Chaplain Wishingwell
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7:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
There's always Reidys.

I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons.
No chance..A walk through pound shop is best you can hope for.
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: There's always Reidys. I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons.[/p][/quote]No chance..A walk through pound shop is best you can hope for. Info-warrior
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11:32pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Major Tom says...

What a massive week for Blackbun with Darwin. The Venkytash family and Jack Straw all come out for the big Micky Appleton unveiling. As for Home Bargains... £15k should do it. lol
What a massive week for Blackbun with Darwin. The Venkytash family and Jack Straw all come out for the big Micky Appleton unveiling. As for Home Bargains... £15k should do it. lol Major Tom
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11:20am Thu 17 Jan 13

Joseph O'M says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
There's always Reidys. I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons.
Reidy's is a fantastic music shop, a real gem of a shop for Blackburn and seems to be bucking the trend and really thriving, but...it hasn't sold music for years. It sells a wealth of guitars, drums, wind instruments, keyboards, pianos etc etc, so plenty of opportunities for making music, but there isn't a record or CD to be found there. Maybe there's a niche for it now....
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: There's always Reidys. I hope the staff find jobs elsewhere. That unit is probably too small but Blackburn needs a HomeBargains or Wilkinsons.[/p][/quote]Reidy's is a fantastic music shop, a real gem of a shop for Blackburn and seems to be bucking the trend and really thriving, but...it hasn't sold music for years. It sells a wealth of guitars, drums, wind instruments, keyboards, pianos etc etc, so plenty of opportunities for making music, but there isn't a record or CD to be found there. Maybe there's a niche for it now.... Joseph O'M
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12:18am Sat 19 Jan 13

xrjxman says...

That's all they need. A visit from Happy Jack.. a Tony Blair acolyte with all the baggage that entails
That's all they need. A visit from Happy Jack.. a Tony Blair acolyte with all the baggage that entails xrjxman
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