HMV at Westwood Cross to shut it doors this month due to failed lease negotiations

The store is having a closing down sale Photo Stephanie Todd

The HMV store at Westwood Cross is due to shut down this month.

A clearance sale is currently taking place with the closure expected on March 18.

Last year HMV went into administration but the Westwood Cross store was one of 100 saved when it was bought by

Sunrise Records & Entertainment Limited, whose shareholder is Doug Putman, owner of Sunrise Records in Canada.

Some  27  stores were not bought and closed with 455 redundancies.

HMV at Westwood Cross employs 13 full time members of staff. They were informed of the closure this week.

The HMV collapse last year was blamed on a decline in the UK CD and DVD market with Christmas sales down 30% on 2017. It was the second time in 6 years administrators had been called in, the last being in 2013 when restructuring from Hilco came to the rescue.

The closure is not due to the administration process but because of a failure to reach an agreement on the lease terms for the Westwood Cross unit.

A spokesman for HMV said: “Regretfully we can confirm that we will be closing hmv Westwood Cross before the end of March, despite our best efforts to keep this store open. This is no reflection on the commitment of our excellent staff, but due to a failure to reach an agreement with the landlord on the terms of our lease at this property. ”

HMV Managing Director Neil Taylor added: “I would like to thank all of our loyal customers at hmv Westwood Cross for their support, and I would also like to thank the store staff for their dedication and hard work”.