Punters’ joy at HMV reprieve

HMV Bank Hey, Blackpool

HMV Bank Hey, Blackpool

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Music fans in Blackpool today told of their relief after the town’s HMV store was saved from the axe.

The troubled high street music and DVD chain announced in January it had appointed administrators, putting more than 4,300 jobs at risk across the country following poor sales.

However, investment firm Hilco announced on Friday it had bought 141 branches from HMV, including the store on Bank Hey Street, in Blackpool town centre.

Bev Jaundrill, 47, of Lower Lane, Freckleton, who was at the store with her son Phillip, nine, said the decision was a boost to the high street.

She added: “It’s great news they have managed to save the store from closure.

“We come here often for DVDs and music, and I know Phillip enjoys getting his computer games here too. When you think so many other stores have closed it’s really pleasing.”

Mark Lyons, 32, of Grange Park, Blackpool, was shopping in the store with son Jack, nine. He added: “It’s nice to be able to come into town and look around to find something. So many have closed, like Woolworths, and I’m glad it’s staying.”

David Summerbell, visiting from Sunderland with wife Carol and son Ryan, said: “We visit Blackpool quite a lot and we’ve come in today for something we couldn’t buy in the Sunderland branch.

“It’s great to have that comfort of knowing you can just pop in and get what you’re after.”

The Blackpool store’s assistant manager, Gavin Donnelly, expressed relief at Hilco’s intervention.

He added: “It’s been a big cloud over our heads and we are all really relieved. We are excited about working with Hilco and 19 people here are going to have their jobs secured for the foreseeable future.”

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