HMV in Newport to close in January

South Wales Argus: The scene at HMV in Newport (3168229) The scene at HMV in Newport (3168229)

A NEWPORT city centre music store that was saved from closure will shut down in the New Year.

HMV’s store in Commercial Street had been earmarked to close when the chain was in administration, but was given a reprieve last spring.

But the firm, which is now owned by retail re-structuring firm Hilco UK and also operates a store in Cwmbran, is now due to close the store on January 11.

No reason has been given and it is not known what will happen to the store’s staff.

Hilco UK yesterday declined to comment.

A picture of the store posted to Twitter by Newport councillor for Rogerstone Chris Evans showed that the store has put up signs saying all stock was reduced and that it was closing down.

Cllr Evans said: “I visit the store almost every day. A lot of people only go into town because of it. It’s a great loss for the city centre.

“Hopefully staff will be able to find other jobs soon.

“It underlines how important the redevelopment is. Hopefully in the future the store will consider relocating to Friars Walk.”

Reports have suggested that the firm is also closing stores in Islington and Kettering next month.

The company had gone into administration almost a year ago but was bought out by Hilco in April.

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:38am Mon 30 Dec 13

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Be heard that the landlord has put up the rent, making the store no longer viable, I wonder if this is true.
Be heard that the landlord has put up the rent, making the store no longer viable, I wonder if this is true. VoiceOfDaPort

11:48am Mon 30 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Is this correct? I thought it was the Newport IoW store that was closing as their rent had just been upped?
Is this correct? I thought it was the Newport IoW store that was closing as their rent had just been upped? KarloMarko

12:01pm Mon 30 Dec 13

DavidMclean says...

So here we are full circle. There was a time when records shops in Newport were all locally owned independents, selling the music the local people wanted to buy and supporting the local music community by organising events, selling tickets for local gigs, letting local musicians put up flyers, posters and 'drummer wanted' ads.

Then came the multinationals using their superior buying power to put the local guys out of business. They have no interest in the local area or music scene and have no interest in anything other than shifting boxes.

And here we are with the news that HMV are on their way out, meaning the only music shop in the city centre will be a local who has had the guts and determination to ride it out by developing a unique offer suited to the local music scene.

To HMV, you should have learned a lesson. Don't let the door slam you in the backside as you leave.
So here we are full circle. There was a time when records shops in Newport were all locally owned independents, selling the music the local people wanted to buy and supporting the local music community by organising events, selling tickets for local gigs, letting local musicians put up flyers, posters and 'drummer wanted' ads. Then came the multinationals using their superior buying power to put the local guys out of business. They have no interest in the local area or music scene and have no interest in anything other than shifting boxes. And here we are with the news that HMV are on their way out, meaning the only music shop in the city centre will be a local who has had the guts and determination to ride it out by developing a unique offer suited to the local music scene. To HMV, you should have learned a lesson. Don't let the door slam you in the backside as you leave. DavidMclean

12:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Really sad the Newport HMV is closing: it's one of my favourite stores. Now Newport will not have any DVD, CD, Games entertainment retailers at all! Feel so sorry for all the people losing their jobs there too. Hope they're able to find new ones asap.
Really sad the Newport HMV is closing: it's one of my favourite stores. Now Newport will not have any DVD, CD, Games entertainment retailers at all! Feel so sorry for all the people losing their jobs there too. Hope they're able to find new ones asap. Katie Re-Registered

12:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Diverse on Charles Street and Kriminal in the Market still alive and well...both a hell of lot more interesting than HMV's pap.
Diverse on Charles Street and Kriminal in the Market still alive and well...both a hell of lot more interesting than HMV's pap. KarloMarko

12:46pm Mon 30 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Closing down sale? I'm not falling for that one again.
Closing down sale? I'm not falling for that one again. GardenVarietyMushroom

2:30pm Mon 30 Dec 13

CDalle says...

This is true that the store is closing, along with a few others around the country. The reason: landlords had put up the rent from the previous negotiated rates. I know in a couple of the areas where stores are affected by closures, HMV are looking for new premises at lower rental rates. I am not sure if Newport is one of these however, with it's close proximity to Cardiff.
This is true that the store is closing, along with a few others around the country. The reason: landlords had put up the rent from the previous negotiated rates. I know in a couple of the areas where stores are affected by closures, HMV are looking for new premises at lower rental rates. I am not sure if Newport is one of these however, with it's close proximity to Cardiff. CDalle

5:16pm Mon 30 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

are these people backward putting the rent up in newport its hardly as if tenants are knocking down the door that store will be empty for years and they will get no rent - serve the greedy b******* right!!!
are these people backward putting the rent up in newport its hardly as if tenants are knocking down the door that store will be empty for years and they will get no rent - serve the greedy b******* right!!! scraptheWAG

10:23am Tue 31 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

Cllr Evans said: “I visit the store almost every day. A lot of people only go into town because of it. It’s a great loss for the city centre.

“Hopefully staff will be able to find other jobs soon.

And where would that be Cllr Evans? all these politicians seem to know where all these jobs are, or assume there are some, please share the knowledge with Jobcentre Plus, as hundreds of people looking every week with no luck :(
Cllr Evans said: “I visit the store almost every day. A lot of people only go into town because of it. It’s a great loss for the city centre. “Hopefully staff will be able to find other jobs soon. And where would that be Cllr Evans? all these politicians seem to know where all these jobs are, or assume there are some, please share the knowledge with Jobcentre Plus, as hundreds of people looking every week with no luck :( Lliswerry Man

10:26am Tue 31 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

DavidMclean wrote:
So here we are full circle. There was a time when records shops in Newport were all locally owned independents, selling the music the local people wanted to buy and supporting the local music community by organising events, selling tickets for local gigs, letting local musicians put up flyers, posters and 'drummer wanted' ads.

Then came the multinationals using their superior buying power to put the local guys out of business. They have no interest in the local area or music scene and have no interest in anything other than shifting boxes.

And here we are with the news that HMV are on their way out, meaning the only music shop in the city centre will be a local who has had the guts and determination to ride it out by developing a unique offer suited to the local music scene.

To HMV, you should have learned a lesson. Don't let the door slam you in the backside as you leave.
whilst I agree with most of that, local record shops do not employ the same amount of staff that the larger shops like HMV do, who also sell other items as well as records etc.
Its nice have local retailers, but jobs for the masses are also highly important.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: So here we are full circle. There was a time when records shops in Newport were all locally owned independents, selling the music the local people wanted to buy and supporting the local music community by organising events, selling tickets for local gigs, letting local musicians put up flyers, posters and 'drummer wanted' ads. Then came the multinationals using their superior buying power to put the local guys out of business. They have no interest in the local area or music scene and have no interest in anything other than shifting boxes. And here we are with the news that HMV are on their way out, meaning the only music shop in the city centre will be a local who has had the guts and determination to ride it out by developing a unique offer suited to the local music scene. To HMV, you should have learned a lesson. Don't let the door slam you in the backside as you leave.[/p][/quote]whilst I agree with most of that, local record shops do not employ the same amount of staff that the larger shops like HMV do, who also sell other items as well as records etc. Its nice have local retailers, but jobs for the masses are also highly important. Lliswerry Man

11:08am Tue 31 Dec 13

inkyskin says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Really sad the Newport HMV is closing: it's one of my favourite stores. Now Newport will not have any DVD, CD, Games entertainment retailers at all! Feel so sorry for all the people losing their jobs there too. Hope they're able to find new ones asap.
um..Game station is down near primark, as for CD's and DVD. asda and tesco have always been at least £4-£5 cheaper than HMV, HMV's sky high prices didn't help them at all. there's Diverse on Charles Street and Kriminal in the Market so all is not at a loss!
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Really sad the Newport HMV is closing: it's one of my favourite stores. Now Newport will not have any DVD, CD, Games entertainment retailers at all! Feel so sorry for all the people losing their jobs there too. Hope they're able to find new ones asap.[/p][/quote]um..Game station is down near primark, as for CD's and DVD. asda and tesco have always been at least £4-£5 cheaper than HMV, HMV's sky high prices didn't help them at all. there's Diverse on Charles Street and Kriminal in the Market so all is not at a loss! inkyskin

12:33pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Cymru Am Beth says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
are these people backward putting the rent up in newport its hardly as if tenants are knocking down the door that store will be empty for years and they will get no rent - serve the greedy b******* right!!!
Also, I think that you will find that a lot of these premises are owned by property companies that are based in England or outside Newport.
I don't know whether it applies to this building, but 'the outsiders' have no idea about what to charge down here.
Some of the places that have been empty for sometime are unrealistically priced for this area and the amount of business that is achievable.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: are these people backward putting the rent up in newport its hardly as if tenants are knocking down the door that store will be empty for years and they will get no rent - serve the greedy b******* right!!![/p][/quote]Also, I think that you will find that a lot of these premises are owned by property companies that are based in England or outside Newport. I don't know whether it applies to this building, but 'the outsiders' have no idea about what to charge down here. Some of the places that have been empty for sometime are unrealistically priced for this area and the amount of business that is achievable. Cymru Am Beth

12:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

ncfcr says...

No longer HMV but full blown AIDS by the sounds of it.
No longer HMV but full blown AIDS by the sounds of it. ncfcr

2:31pm Tue 31 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

Lliswerry Man wrote:
Cllr Evans said: “I visit the store almost every day. A lot of people only go into town because of it. It’s a great loss for the city centre. “Hopefully staff will be able to find other jobs soon. And where would that be Cllr Evans? all these politicians seem to know where all these jobs are, or assume there are some, please share the knowledge with Jobcentre Plus, as hundreds of people looking every week with no luck :(
They can all work in one of the 99p stores instead. Newport seems to have no shortage of those...
[quote][p][bold]Lliswerry Man[/bold] wrote: Cllr Evans said: “I visit the store almost every day. A lot of people only go into town because of it. It’s a great loss for the city centre. “Hopefully staff will be able to find other jobs soon. And where would that be Cllr Evans? all these politicians seem to know where all these jobs are, or assume there are some, please share the knowledge with Jobcentre Plus, as hundreds of people looking every week with no luck :([/p][/quote]They can all work in one of the 99p stores instead. Newport seems to have no shortage of those... _Bryan_

10:05am Tue 7 Jan 14

white white says...

VoiceOfDaPort wrote:
Be heard that the landlord has put up the rent, making the store no longer viable, I wonder if this is true.
yes spoke to a staff member ,some thing like the land lord
had gone bust( not newport city council, private and hmv was caught
up in it a bit confusing , long term staff may have the chance of
a transfer
[quote][p][bold]VoiceOfDaPort[/bold] wrote: Be heard that the landlord has put up the rent, making the store no longer viable, I wonder if this is true.[/p][/quote]yes spoke to a staff member ,some thing like the land lord had gone bust( not newport city council, private and hmv was caught up in it a bit confusing , long term staff may have the chance of a transfer white white

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree