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Tuesday 30 September 2014

HMV Ireland stores set to reopen next week

Published 29/08/2013 | 17:24

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HMV's Henry Street store

THREE HMV stores are set to reopen next week.

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Turnaround specialists Hilco Capital says three of its four standalone HMV stores – Henry Street, Liffey Valley SC and the Crescent SC in Limerick – will open their doors to the public next week.

A fourth store – HMV in Dundrum Centre – will open in two weeks time.

The re-opening of the four HMV stores comes after negotiations between landlords and the company.

 In a statement issued this evening, Hilco said it plans to integrate the HMV brand into 26 Xtra-Vision stores nationwide by the end of next month.

By doing this, the HMV brand will now be introduced into areas of the country that were not able to enjoy the HMV experience beforehand, Hilco say.

“This roll out ensures that customers have access to a huge range of exciting movies, games, music and a range of other must-have entertainment products, coupled with Xtra-vision continuing to deliver and expand the movie and game rental proposition. It’s really the best of both worlds for customers,” Gerry Butler, CEO of Xtra-vision and HMV said.

 “We have now reached agreement with a number of landlords and will therefore be dual branding some of our stores with Xtra-vision and HMV,” Larry Howard, CEO of Hilco Capital Ireland said.

“Negotiations with other landlords are on-going and we hope to make a further announcement in the coming weeks if negotiations come to a satisfactory conclusion.

“The stores that are to be dual branded are: Artane Castle, Dublin, Ashleaf SC Dublin, Athlone, Ballina, Blackpool, Douglas, Carlow, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Galway, Navan, Nenagh, Thurles SC, Tullamore, Sligo and Omagh in Northern Ireland,” Mr Howard added.

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