NEWS
05/02/2019 07:39 GMT | Updated 05/02/2019 08:54 GMT

HMV Bought Out Of Administration By Canadian Retailer

Sunrise Records will close 27 stores immediately.

HMV has been acquired out of administration by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records.

Sunrise, which is owned by Doug Putman, will acquire 100 stores across the UK, securing the future of 1,487 store staff.

However, 27 stores will close with immediate effect, resulting in 455 redundancies.

Putman said: “We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team.

“By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content and replicate our success in Canada.

“We know the physical media business is here to stay and we greatly appreciate all the support from the suppliers, landlords, employees and, most importantly, our customers.”

HMV became the first high street casualty after Christmas when its then owner Hilco called in corporate undertakers in December.

It was the second time HMV has collapsed in recent years, having filed for administration in 2013.

 

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HMV entered administration after Christmas citing falling DVD sales as one factor for its difficulty.

 

The likes of Poundworld, Toys’R’Us and Maplin all went bust last year amid brutal trading, while heavyweights Marks & Spencer and Debenhams announced plans to shutter hundreds of stores.

Several others - including Superdry, Carpetright and Card Factory - have all issued profit warnings.

Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: “We are pleased to confirm this sale which, after a complex process, secures the continued trading of the majority of the business.

“Our immediate concern is now to support those employees that have unfortunately been made redundant.”

Neil Gostelow, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, added: “We are grateful for the support of all key stakeholders including the suppliers whose support throughout this process has been key in securing this sale.”