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Eamon O' Neill, second from left with fellow HMV workers after the announcement that the store was closing.

Eamon O' Neill, second from left with fellow HMV workers after the announcement that the store was closing.

Eamon O' Neill, second from left with fellow HMV workers after the announcement that the store was closing.

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THE Sligo HMV store is closing permanently, with the loss of 11 jobs.

Assistant manager Eamon O'Neill said staff at the Sligo store were devastated and some now face emigration. He told The Sligo Champion that staff heard about the collapse on the news.

He said: "We literally found out at the same time as everyone else, via Sky News and Twitter. There was a feeling of acceptance, with extreme disappointment.

"As far as I'm aware, only one member of staff has a job lined up. As for emigration, at least four of us will almost certainly have to leave the country."

Six of the 11 staff had been employed at the shop since it first opened four years ago.

Eamon added: "I have been working in music retail for 15 years and it's really like the end of a career for me."

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Last week it was revealed that the receiver appointed in January was unsuccessful in its bid to find a purchaser. All 16 Irish stores will close.

A statement from the receiver, David Carson of Deloitte, said: "The receiver has conducted an assessment of the viability of the company and has actively sought a sale.

"The marketplace is very difficult given competition from web-based retailers and digital downloads, compounded by a number of other factors, including high levels of rent.

"All stores were loss making and it was not possible to attract a purchaser."


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