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HMV in trouble again.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Rack Kit, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

  2. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Just saw that. Sad, but inevitable I guess as so many (myself included) just buy online, or simply listen via streaming service.

    I do wonder what high streets are going to look like in 10 years time. I hope they continue to morph to more direct/immediate services as they have done around here (restaurants, pubs, cafes and mini-supermarket outlets and specialists such as good bakeries and butchers) so that they remain vibrant.
  3. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    Yes - had to happen, and HMV have had difficulties for some time.
  4. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Obviously one of their issues was having a difficult to spell name!
    Barrymagrec and clifftaylor like this.
  5. farfromthesun

    farfromthesun pfm Member

    I always make an effort to go into HMV when I see one, but I hardly ever buy anything. Their stock is mostly just lowest common denominator rubbish. I don't even really feel sorry for them, as they were partly responsible for the demise of many independant record shops, which means that in some places - if HMV goes - you'll only be able to buy physical music in places like Tesco or Sainsbury's. They've become a glorified DVD shop, forgotten their roots, and paid the price.
    Sue Pertwee-Tyr likes this.
  6. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Aren't Fopp Records part of HMV? Would be a shame if they went too.
  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Just started a thread (now deleted) on this as I’d missed this one. I was wondering about Fopp. It wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t still viable, at least the Manchester one always looks pretty busy and does seem to offload some interesting end-of-line books, box-sets etc. It's full of highly dubious copyright loophole pirate vinyl though, so one needs to approach the jazz section with extreme caution!
  8. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    If the trend around where I live continues they’ll be full of fast food outlets, charity shops and bookies. This is in a fairly small town of 25,000 or so 10 miles west of Manchester. Times are obviously hard - the Lidl shut a few years ago. A number of pubs have closed too.
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  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The thing that amazes me is despite this many towns and cities are actually building new shopping areas! There’s a whole fancy new development going up in the town I live in despite most of the existing high st being low-grade charity shops, slot machine shops, loan sharks, cash converters and all the other dismal crap one finds in a typical modern UK town.
  10. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Peel Holdings built one in Walkden. The last time I was there it was largely empty apart from a big Tesco.
  11. clifftaylor

    clifftaylor Absolutely retired!

    Maybe they all need to expand in order to accommodate post Brexit Britain.
  12. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    I would imagine the development also includes lots of housing? My Town is going through it’s biggest development in 40 years and in sq ft there’s more housing than commercial.
  13. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Certainly not in the example I quoted,it’s just retail units
  14. mikebirtill

    mikebirtill pfm Member

    HMV stores have been a mess for quite a while, you walk in and dont really know what they are about - its a bit of a muddle and a collection of plastic audio bits does not help. Fopp on the other hand is fantastic - curated and organised with knowledgeable staff. Id like fopp to survive, don't really care about HMV, can't remember the last time I bought anything in there. Spent £100 last time I was in Fopp
  15. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    To be honest I was a little surprised when they were bought out as the writing was already on the wall for physical media.
  16. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I feel nothing for HMV. It was always a bland chain shop. Sydney Scarborough stocked more interesting stuff in Hull than HMV and they had brass ash trays in between the racks up until, hmm, the mid 90s maybe.
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  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    In recent years I’d agree with that, though what I remember best about HMV was that the bigger stores always had a very good classical and jazz selection. Especially the London Megastore, though even the Liverpool shop wasn’t bad and had its own quiet closed-off area. In many towns it was the only place to buy non-pop music.
  18. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Yes, they seem to have thought that gaming would have been more resistant to it.
  19. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Terrorist

    Music in pill form.

    I've forgotten what was on what floor in Syds. I think whatever was downstairs was most interesting.

    I've got pre-orders with HMV, so I hope the online bit stays for a months a least!
  20. wylton

    wylton pfm Member

    I feel genuinley sorry for those that will lose their job, but TBH, I can't really see that HMV changed at all followng the last time they called in the administrators. The stores are grim and outdated; most of them have far too much stock for the size of the shop. Trying to browse vinyl is almost impossible due to the amount of LPs that they force into the racks; shopping in an HMV store is seldom a nice experience.

    A shame, because the original Oxford Street store was on of the best record shops in it's day.

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