Strypes sprinkle stardust on HMV return to market
MAIN-STREET giants HMV proved that the music never dies as the chain celebrated its return to the Irish market.
The store reopened its Henry Street branch yesterday, with customers queueing from early morning to welcome them back.
The music retailer closed its 16 branches in Ireland earlier this year, but is set to reopen four stand-alone stores in the next week, creating 120 jobs.
Its flagship branch will be on Dublin's Henry Street, while the other three locations will be in Dublin's Dundrum Centre and Liffey Valley, and also Limerick's Crescent Shopping Centre.
Hilco Capital, the firm that bought HMV, has also purchased DVD retailers Xtra-vision. It will open 26 further joint HMV and Xtra-vision branches throughout the country in the next month.
Some of the reopened store's first customers were delighted at the reopening.
Emily Corr (24), from Cabinteely, Dublin, said that she was "very disappointed" when it closed last January.
Louise Reid (18) from Co Westmeath and Karen Monaghan (19) from Co Meath were regular HMV customers in the past and were delighted to be back.
"Coming up to Dublin just wasn't the same without HMV. We always dropped in," the friends said.
David Roche (28) from Santry believes that the reopening of the store will be a great asset to the popular city-centre shopping area.
"It's going to help this street. Most people that would have come to Henry Street, would have come for HMV.
"It's definitely going to help business in the area," he added.
Hilco Capital has also confirmed that it will exchange valid HMV gift cards that were not honoured during the receivership of the old HMV business.
The iconic music store has vowed to support the Irish music industry in its new venture, and even had young teenage Cavan rhythm and blues prodigies The Strypes in store for the launch yesterday.
The band, who are fresh off the Electric Picnic stage, were celebrating the release of their first album yesterday, and said that it was "pretty special" to see their albums on the HMV shelves.