Sheffield music lovers ‘gutted’ over HMV closure

HMV store on the High Street, Sheffield. The chain is currently in administration and faces possible closure.
HMV store on the High Street, Sheffield. The chain is currently in administration and faces possible closure.
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MUSIC lovers were today mourning the loss of Sheffield’s two HMV stores after it was announced the company was going into administration.

Shoppers at the store’s High Street branch said they were ‘gutted’ to hear of the closure.

The retailer, whose first shop was opened in London’s Oxford Street in 1921, has faced intense competition from online retailers, digital downloads and supermarkets in recent years.

Its 239 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland will remain open while administrators Deloitte assesses the prospects for the business and seeks potential buyers.

In total around 4,350 jobs are at risk including dozens at the firm’s Meadowhall and High Street branches.

The stores on High Street and at Meadowhall are no longer taking gift vouchers or issuing them, or providing refunds and exchanges for unwanted Christmas gifts.

Customer Kevin Henry, aged 50, an employment agency worker from Dore said: “It’s a sad day, I was gutted when I heard.

“I’ve been buying vinyl and CDs from here for years. I like having something to hold.

“I’ve always bought music from HMV. The first album I bought from here was Queen’s Live Magic in 1986.

“I’ve never bought a CD or an album online ever.

“I think they have some good bargains. You just can’t beat holding something in your hand.

You can’t buy shoes online, you have to go in and feel them and try them on – you can’t beat the feel of them and it’s the same with music.”

James Oxley, 43, from Dinnington, said: “I think it’s a real shame. I normally buy my CDs and games from here rather than online.”

Claire Spooner said: “I used to save my dinner money and go after school to buy the latest singles. So sad to see it go.”

Also mourning the store’s loss were some of Sheffield’s celebrities and many took to Twitter to voice their sadness.

Pop artist Pete McKee Tweeted: “I had the immense honour of working for HMV in the glory days of vinyl and the birth of CDs. Very happy times. Good luck to all staff.

The Leadmill tweeted: “Such sad news about #HMV. Our thoughts go out to their hard working, music loving staff.”

And Sgt Darren Hendleman, from South Yorkshire Police, wrote: “Sad news about #HMV potentially going into administration. Not great for the High Streets. Loved browsing and getting the bargains.”

The news follows the closure of HMV’s branch on Pinstone Street, Virgin Megastore on Fargate, which later became Zavvi, and independent record stores Fopp Records on Division Street and Jack’s Records in the Devonshire Quarter.

n Memories of HMV: Midweek Retro on P10.

n The changing face of the High Street: see Smith of The Star on Thursday.