St Helens HMV one of 66 stores to be axed

St Helens Star: Ten jobs will go at the 'loss making' HMV in St Helens. Ten jobs will go at the 'loss making' HMV in St Helens.

HMV in St Helens is to be one of 66 stores to close within four to six weeks, it has been confirmed.

Sources have told the Star that a conference call was held earlier this morning with administrators Deloitte, informing staff of the news.

It is understood that 930 staff will be affected across the UK at the entertainment retailer, with ten jobs to go in St Helens, based at Church Square Shopping Centre.

Deloitte says the stores will close because they are "loss making".

The closure will represent the latest hammer blow to the town centre and follows on from the axing of film and game store Blockbuster on Bridge Street.

HMV currently operates from 220 stores in the UK. The Warrington and Wigan stores will also close.

But illustrating that this does not just affect town high streets, is the fact that five HMVs are listed for closure in Edinburgh and others in cities such as Manchester, Leeds and London.

Nick Edwards, Joint Administrator, said: “As part of our ongoing review of HMV’s financial position, we have now completed a review of the store portfolio and have identified 66 loss making stores for closure.

"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.”

Nick Edwards, Rob Harding and Neville Kahn were appointed Joint Administrators of HMV on 15 January 2013.

The 66 stores identified for closure are:
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 90, Moorgate, Newry, Newtonabbey, 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, Wrexham.
 

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10:53am Thu 7 Feb 13

Arkay1 says...

Another proper shop bites the dust. Why keep a shop which is always busy. Doesn't make sense.
Another proper shop bites the dust. Why keep a shop which is always busy. Doesn't make sense. Arkay1
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12:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

peaches46 says...

When is the council going to wake up and do something about the number of shops closing in St Helens? Free parking after 3pm is not enough - yet our council tax will rise again in April without a town centre worth the name
When is the council going to wake up and do something about the number of shops closing in St Helens? Free parking after 3pm is not enough - yet our council tax will rise again in April without a town centre worth the name peaches46
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1:07pm Thu 7 Feb 13

suttonboy says...

With the best will in the world, you cant blame the council for this one. They're shutting all over the place, not just here...and to be honest, the car parks in town are reasonably priced compared with the likes of Manchester or Liverpool. It's just shopper apathy and the rise of online retailers that's doing for the High street.
With the best will in the world, you cant blame the council for this one. They're shutting all over the place, not just here...and to be honest, the car parks in town are reasonably priced compared with the likes of Manchester or Liverpool. It's just shopper apathy and the rise of online retailers that's doing for the High street. suttonboy
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1:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

anthonywilson says...

Really sad that another town centre store is closing and staff are losing their jobs. I hope they manage to find other employment soon.
The HMV Store in St Helens always seemed to be reasonably busy.
The biggest mistake in business terms that HMV have made was not developing an on line store in terms of the UK equivalent of Apple's iTunes. If they had gone down this route years ago to remain more competitive many stores would have closed though with similar consequences for many town centres.
A huge rethink is needed in terms of what town centres are for and who they serve as potentially more decline is inevitable given the growth of internet based retailing. Potentially there are many other types of stores who will switch to focus on internet shopping in the near future at the expense of the high street store.
Really sad that another town centre store is closing and staff are losing their jobs. I hope they manage to find other employment soon. The HMV Store in St Helens always seemed to be reasonably busy. The biggest mistake in business terms that HMV have made was not developing an on line store in terms of the UK equivalent of Apple's iTunes. If they had gone down this route years ago to remain more competitive many stores would have closed though with similar consequences for many town centres. A huge rethink is needed in terms of what town centres are for and who they serve as potentially more decline is inevitable given the growth of internet based retailing. Potentially there are many other types of stores who will switch to focus on internet shopping in the near future at the expense of the high street store. anthonywilson
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1:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pitbullboxing says...

Internet totally to blame for this one. Why buy what you can download for nothing on a file sharing site?
Internet totally to blame for this one. Why buy what you can download for nothing on a file sharing site? pitbullboxing
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3:04pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Sankey says...

For once nothing to do with the council. But the rapidly dismissing retail centre is a concern as there is almost no industry or business in St. Helens thanks to the hard left ex union agitators we have had the pleasure of running our town for the past 20 years. This is a unique problem for St. Helens because of the new system of council funding which means a greater share must be generated from business. Expect st Helens council tax to go on increasing as Rimmer has less and less to fund her crony executive team.
For once nothing to do with the council. But the rapidly dismissing retail centre is a concern as there is almost no industry or business in St. Helens thanks to the hard left ex union agitators we have had the pleasure of running our town for the past 20 years. This is a unique problem for St. Helens because of the new system of council funding which means a greater share must be generated from business. Expect st Helens council tax to go on increasing as Rimmer has less and less to fund her crony executive team. Sankey
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5:57pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Johnboi says...

Everyone needs to take a step back and look on the bright side. This is going to free up more valuable retail space for a) a poundshop. b) a bookies. Or c) a charity shop.
Stay positive people :)
Everyone needs to take a step back and look on the bright side. This is going to free up more valuable retail space for a) a poundshop. b) a bookies. Or c) a charity shop. Stay positive people :) Johnboi
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6:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pitbullboxing says...

This bickering is getting us nowhere. What we need to do is put our heads together and workout how we can turn this into a photo opportunity for Rimmer. What about getting her to stand outside the shutters with a little dog and a banner saying "cuts"? Or "Scargill lives"?? - or "We've got more pigeon dropping per square inch than Wigan or Albuquerque" ??
This bickering is getting us nowhere. What we need to do is put our heads together and workout how we can turn this into a photo opportunity for Rimmer. What about getting her to stand outside the shutters with a little dog and a banner saying "cuts"? Or "Scargill lives"?? - or "We've got more pigeon dropping per square inch than Wigan or Albuquerque" ?? pitbullboxing
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6:50pm Thu 7 Feb 13

smith&weston says...

None of the above... she'll just stand there and issue a statement blaming the Tories for the closure. The Mayor will stand by, head bowed and agree. Least the Mayor won't have to worry about their official car being ticketed.
None of the above... she'll just stand there and issue a statement blaming the Tories for the closure. The Mayor will stand by, head bowed and agree. Least the Mayor won't have to worry about their official car being ticketed. smith&weston
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8:32pm Thu 7 Feb 13

djhilton71 says...

Yet another empty shop on the streets of St Helens, yet to be fair the same is also happening in Warrington.

Bridge Street in Warrington is quite frankly a ghost town.
Yet another empty shop on the streets of St Helens, yet to be fair the same is also happening in Warrington. Bridge Street in Warrington is quite frankly a ghost town. djhilton71
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8:40pm Thu 7 Feb 13

saintsfan says...

This is really sad. I still use HMV. I bought some Christmas presents there last year. I have been buying at HMV whenever there has been one in whichever town I have lived. I used to spend lots of time in the St Helens one as a teenager.

I didn't think we would keep ours as although people do go in there, me included, it hasn't been busy enough in recent years to convince me it is going to survive. I won't know where to buy stuff from now. I always prefer to buy in shops and have been supporting the town centre since I moved back here in 2007. But it would seem that too many local people don't support it but instead either shop online or elsewhere and until local people use the town centre then it will struggle.

I'm concerned for BHS next. It looks decidedly underused. They need to reinvent the store somewhat. I know they are subletting to other clothes shops but something more is needed as I wouldn't be surprised to see that go. BHS is struggling nationally.

Where the Council do have a responsibility is towards managing the town centre. Yet in spite of there being some sizeable premises standing empty - including the former Chloes now that the Chinese restaurant has shrunk back to Warrington - they have just given permission to McDonalds to build a two storey drive thru. That is such bad management. The Council isn't responsible for HMV: the buying public is. But the Council IS responsible for the overall management of the town centre and it is doing a decidedly poor job.
This is really sad. I still use HMV. I bought some Christmas presents there last year. I have been buying at HMV whenever there has been one in whichever town I have lived. I used to spend lots of time in the St Helens one as a teenager. I didn't think we would keep ours as although people do go in there, me included, it hasn't been busy enough in recent years to convince me it is going to survive. I won't know where to buy stuff from now. I always prefer to buy in shops and have been supporting the town centre since I moved back here in 2007. But it would seem that too many local people don't support it but instead either shop online or elsewhere and until local people use the town centre then it will struggle. I'm concerned for BHS next. It looks decidedly underused. They need to reinvent the store somewhat. I know they are subletting to other clothes shops but something more is needed as I wouldn't be surprised to see that go. BHS is struggling nationally. Where the Council do have a responsibility is towards managing the town centre. Yet in spite of there being some sizeable premises standing empty - including the former Chloes now that the Chinese restaurant has shrunk back to Warrington - they have just given permission to McDonalds to build a two storey drive thru. That is such bad management. The Council isn't responsible for HMV: the buying public is. But the Council IS responsible for the overall management of the town centre and it is doing a decidedly poor job. saintsfan
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9:01pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pitbullboxing says...

Spot on saintsy.
Spot on saintsy. pitbullboxing
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9:19pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Sankey says...

Good posts saints fan, in a commercial company you don't like th directors the shareholders (who own the company) can vote them out. WE own the council NOT Rimmer but we are powerless to get rid of them. We can in theory (but not practice) vote our Rimmer but not the council and its highly paid executive team.
Good posts saints fan, in a commercial company you don't like th directors the shareholders (who own the company) can vote them out. WE own the council NOT Rimmer but we are powerless to get rid of them. We can in theory (but not practice) vote our Rimmer but not the council and its highly paid executive team. Sankey
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11:13pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Jack60 says...

a chairty shop should take it's place.
a chairty shop should take it's place. Jack60
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1:29am Fri 8 Feb 13

zakk89 says...

THIS TOWN IS COMING LIKE GHOST TOWN!
THIS TOWN IS COMING LIKE GHOST TOWN! zakk89
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9:14am Mon 11 Feb 13

xsuex says...

BHS is owned by the same person (mr green) as Dorothy Perkins and Wallis which are the 2 shops that have little departments in there, I have a relitive working in one of these shops and its thought internally that the reason for this is because the bigger of these shops will close, Wallis has already bitten the dust. Obviously Burton's will be in this too as they are in the same building as DP's. I believe some towns have been letting out buildings for free until someone is willing to pay, to the shops already in the place, hopefully this will happen in St Helens as although not financially friendly to the town it will hopefully help keep the town centre (what's left) open. Is the building that dps/burtons is in a listed building?

And to the chap who doesn't know where to shop for music, there is the music shop above boots, where music zone used to be, its 10 times cheaper than HMV but probably has less choice, its either really old stuff for a pound or brand new stuff!
BHS is owned by the same person (mr green) as Dorothy Perkins and Wallis which are the 2 shops that have little departments in there, I have a relitive working in one of these shops and its thought internally that the reason for this is because the bigger of these shops will close, Wallis has already bitten the dust. Obviously Burton's will be in this too as they are in the same building as DP's. I believe some towns have been letting out buildings for free until someone is willing to pay, to the shops already in the place, hopefully this will happen in St Helens as although not financially friendly to the town it will hopefully help keep the town centre (what's left) open. Is the building that dps/burtons is in a listed building? And to the chap who doesn't know where to shop for music, there is the music shop above boots, where music zone used to be, its 10 times cheaper than HMV but probably has less choice, its either really old stuff for a pound or brand new stuff! xsuex
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