HMV to close flagship Oxford Street store and 26 others

'The ongoing wave of digital disruption' has continued to sweep through the high streets, forcing HMV to close 27 stores, including its flagship Oxford Street store that opened in 1921 and other London stores in Westfield and Wimbledon
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Following its recent entrance into administration, HMV has announced that high rent and business rates have forced it to close 27 store branches, including its original store in Oxford Street that opened in 1921.

It was the second time HMV had gone into administration in six years, and it has now become clear that the decline of CDs is really taking its toll. In a recent article, PSNEurope’s David Davies investigated the decline of CDs and the subsequent impact on mastering. In the article, Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, commented on HMV’s administration. He said: “Whilst we understand that [HMV] has continued to outperform the overall market decline in physical music and visual sales, as well as growing a profitable e-commerce business, the company has suffered from the ongoing wave of digital disruption sweeping across the entertainment industry. This is in addition to the ongoing pressures facing many high street retailers, including weakening consumer confidence, rising costs and business rates pressures.”

KPMG's administration has issued the list of stores set to close, following the acquisition of the music chain by Sunrise Records.

The Oxford Street store is among the closures, along with other London stores in Westfield and Wimbledon.

The full list of store closures is below:

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

Peterborough Queensgate

Plymouth Drake Circus

Reading

Sheffield Meadowhall

Southport

Thurrock

Tunbridge Wells

Uxbridge

Watford

Westfield London

Wimbledon

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