HMV to return to Croydon with new store in North End

HMV will open a new store in Croydon in September

HMV will open a new store in Croydon in September

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Entertainment retailer HMV is to open a new shop in Croydon 16 months after leaving the town. 

The chain will launch a new store in North End in September, following the closure of its in branch in the same street in April.

Sixteen staff in Croydon lost their jobs when the previous store shut along with 60 other branches across the country.

The new branch will open at 38-40 North End, yards away from the previous store, by the entrance of the Whitgift Centre. 

The unit was previously home to budget clothing retailer Fashion 4 Less. 

Restructing specialist Hilco bought 141 HMV stores from administrator Deloitte last year, but the Croydon branch was not part of the deal.

Poundworld has since opened in North End at the location of the former HMV.

A HMV spokeswoman said: "We’re delighted to announce that HMV Croydon will be opening on Thursday 4th September at 38 – 40 North End.

"We originally opened our Croydon store in 1991 trading there until 2013.

"Croydon is a very important area for us, so following a short break we’re looking forward to welcoming customers to their new store.

"The store will have highly experienced and knowledgeable staff from day one, as the majority have been relocated from other stores."

HMV closed its branch in Sutton High Street this week.

Are you pleased HMV is coming back to Croydon? Post a comment below.

 

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7:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Oofarvoo says...

Unfortunately high street retail for CDs, DVDs, BluRay etc, is a doomed business.
With consumers getting their fix, more and more, from downloaded and streamed media sites (which are booming) and online retailing able to supply at a lower price than on the high street they will struggle for their market share.
Even the physical discs themselves are only a few years away from being replaced almost entirely by digitized versions.
There is little need to go into town and purchase a DVD from the shops when you don't have to leave your couch to watch let latest releases. Or at least get the disc delivered the next day without delivery charge.
Even the newer games consoles are set up to be able to download the games directly to the hard drive instead of buying a physical disc.

I do wish them luck, and with some diversity, hi-fi, headphones, T-shirts and posters etc they may hold out for Christmas where they do most of their years' trade.
Unfortunately high street retail for CDs, DVDs, BluRay etc, is a doomed business. With consumers getting their fix, more and more, from downloaded and streamed media sites (which are booming) and online retailing able to supply at a lower price than on the high street they will struggle for their market share. Even the physical discs themselves are only a few years away from being replaced almost entirely by digitized versions. There is little need to go into town and purchase a DVD from the shops when you don't have to leave your couch to watch let latest releases. Or at least get the disc delivered the next day without delivery charge. Even the newer games consoles are set up to be able to download the games directly to the hard drive instead of buying a physical disc. I do wish them luck, and with some diversity, hi-fi, headphones, T-shirts and posters etc they may hold out for Christmas where they do most of their years' trade. Oofarvoo
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11:41am Thu 31 Jul 14

bellboy007 says...

Summed up my comments perfectly Oofarvoo (shooting stars ref?)

Feel sorry for the staff, doesn't matter how experienced you are if the likes of Amazon, Play, Simply Games, Game and all the others are undercutting you by up to 50% then the shop simply doesn't have a chance.

Branson could see it a mile off, that's why he sold the virgin stores to Zavvi a few years back and got out while he could.

Sadly, the highstreet is dying.

The way i see it, give it 10-15 years and the only shops that will be left wil be the huge supermarkets that will offer even more goods to the point that they freeze out the local shop altogether.
Summed up my comments perfectly Oofarvoo (shooting stars ref?) Feel sorry for the staff, doesn't matter how experienced you are if the likes of Amazon, Play, Simply Games, Game and all the others are undercutting you by up to 50% then the shop simply doesn't have a chance. Branson could see it a mile off, that's why he sold the virgin stores to Zavvi a few years back and got out while he could. Sadly, the highstreet is dying. The way i see it, give it 10-15 years and the only shops that will be left wil be the huge supermarkets that will offer even more goods to the point that they freeze out the local shop altogether. bellboy007
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