High note as HMV opens doors again
Nipper is back, as the iconic dog listening to His Master's Voice on the gramophone returns to Ireland's most famous shopping street.
With plenty of free goodies on offer, the queues are already in place for HMV's official opening on Grafton Street today, marking the welcome return of 'hard copy' music and movies.
The first person to arrive was Jemma McCabe (15) from Drimnagh in Dublin – who was determined to walk away with a free PlayStation 4 to give to her cousin Adam (12), in Drogheda, who was feeling miserable because he had broken his arm. "Adam doesn't know I'm here, so it's a surprise," said Jemma.
She had been queueing since noon yesterday, but revealed that there had been two people there the night before who had left saying they would be back again in the morning. "They never showed up," she said.
The store opened today at 8am, with break dancers, live bands, free candy floss and a Ministry of Sound DJ playing in the window.
Hefty discounts will be on offer, with €100 off PS4 and Xbox One consoles.
The 10,000 sq ft store is located across three floors in the former A-Wear premises, and has a secret cinema – the 'Bose room' – where small groups will be able to watch films in peace. In the basement, a HMV 'Live Stage' will offer live performances every week.