End of road for music retailer

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one of the last independent CD, DVD, vinyl and musical retailers in the north of England has become the latest casualty of the recession.

Chesterfield-based Hudsons, which employs four full-time and four part-time staff, is applying to the courts to have Sheffield-based business recovery and insolvency expert Hart Shaw appointed as administrator.

Hudsons began trading in 1906, initially selling phonograph records, pianos, American organs and violins among other musical instruments and goods.

Store owner Keith Hudson said: “It is with great regret we may shortly be closing our doors after 105 years of trading. We would like to thank all our customers and staff for their continued support in these difficult times.

“It has become increasingly difficult to compete in a shrinking and more competitive market. Continually rising business rates and annual rent has made it impossible to continue.”

The company blames the rise of internet downloads and out-of-town shopping and says any Hudsons Record Tokens or other vouchers should be redeemed before Saturday.