Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

End of an era? Manchester to be left without HMV stores as branches across region set to close

End of an era? Manchester to be left without HMV stores as branches across region set to close

By Glen Keogh

HMV have today announced 66 store closures across the UK – cutting Manchester jobs and leaving the city without a store.

Manchester’s Market Street branch will go, as will shops in Rochdale and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Last week it was confirmed that about 190 jobs had been cut across HMV’s head office and distribution network and now store closures could affect 930 staff across the UK.

The music and DVD retailer entered administration in January after facing competition from online retailers, digital downloads and supermarkets in recent years.

Reaction to the news of store closures has been mixed, with many Mancunians voicing their opinions on social networking sites such as Twitter.

Chris Gilmour took to Twitter and said: “Astonishingly that leaves Manchester without an HMV store. Thankfully they have a plethora of fabulous record shops.”

Chris Best said: “Pretty shocked HMV is closing on Manchester Market St. Heard recently it was the most important store to the company outside London!”

The shock has continued that one of the larger HMV stores is closing down while others will remain open for business.

Antony Butler said: “Erm, so the Massive huge HMV in Manchester is going to close, but the little one in Bury isn’t?? How does that work?”

HMV’s administrators Deloitte said no fixed date had been set for closure of the 66 identified stores which will continue to trade in the meantime. 

Picture courtesy of ShuMoren, with thanks.

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