HMV shut downs are trickling through the UK and Ireland, often taking employees by surprise in stores that were thought to be saved.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the last HMV in Northern Ireland is preparing to shut down, just over a month after being saved by Canadian music retailer Sunrise Records.
Similarly, York’s HMV was thought to be safe until it was also announced this week that shop was to close.
At both stores, staff were asked to put up closing down signs in the shop windows. Staff informed customers that ‘Everything Must Go,’ with a potential shut down date of April 28 for Belfast, whilst the York Press reported that workers’ final shifts were to take place at the end of March.
These impending closures follow on from a series of shut downs that resulted after the company filed for administration for the second time in a six year period.
Northern Ireland’s other HMV stores didn’t make it through the last period of administration in 2013, so things aren’t looking good for the last-standing shop. Belfast’s HMV closure is linked to not being able to agree new terms with Donegall Arcade’s landlord, Sports Direct.