Fallen giant HMV to close Scarboro’ store

130823b  Scarborough HMV shop, on Westborough. Due to close in econd round of 40 store closures. Photo by Andrew Higgins    20/02/2013
130823b Scarborough HMV shop, on Westborough. Due to close in econd round of 40 store closures. Photo by Andrew Higgins 20/02/2013

The axe has fallen on the Scarborough branch of crippled entertainment giant HMV, after administrators announced the store would close.

Up to 10 jobs could be lost, after administrator Deloitte announced yesterday that the popular Westborough store wouldn’t survive the latest round of cuts at the chain.

The news has devastated Scarborough shoppers, and is the latest blow to the town centre, following 12 months in which Jessops, Comet and Julian Graves all disappeared from the high street.

“Where else am I going to get my music from?” asked 43-year-old Carl Bolton.

“It’s just a massive loss. I wish there was somewhere else in Scarborough that sold what they sell, but there’s just nothing really.”

His concerns were echoed by teenager Sean Rowley, who said the closure would leave a big hole in the town centre.

“I’m always in there, so I’m a bit gutted.

“I’m just really going to miss it, it’s really bad news.”

In a statement, Deloitte confirmed that no fixed date had been set for the Westborough store to close.

The company added that some of the staff at the Scarborough branch could be offered work at one of the company’s other stores.

Nick Edwards, Joint Administrator, commented: “As part of our ongoing review of HMV’s financial position, we have undertaken a further review of the store portfolio and have identified an additional 37 stores for closure.

“This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of the restructured business continuing as a going concern.

“Together with the previously identified 66 closures, this restructuring will result in a residual portfolio of some 116 stores. We are extremely grateful to the staff for their continued strong support and commitment during an understandably difficult period. All other key stakeholders including suppliers and landlords remain supportive and we appreciate their ongoing assistance.”