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Re: HMV woes

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:28 pm

They are contemplating closing the Oxford Street store due to the high price of rent and the ease with which they could get rid of it. Oxford Street will just be a forest of clothes shops if they do.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Nethlyn » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:39 pm

Yeah if Manchester have two then they'll get to keep one, my nearest one is now Wood Green and that's going but my rellies' Enfield branch, the one that was looted in the riots, that seems to be staying at the moment. Driving me nuts that the website is down, this the worst moment for the internet operation not to be trading. Hope it's back by Easter so there's proper competition with Amazon for old stuff.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Quietman » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:56 pm

Keeping Bluewater I see, can't imagine the rent is too cheap there but yay.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Edam » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:28 am

DjchunKfunK wrote:They are contemplating closing the Oxford Street store due to the high price of rent and the ease with which they could get rid of it. Oxford Street will just be a forest of clothes shops if they do.



They need to get rid of the one in Westfield Stratford. It' tiny and pointless.

Glad they're keeping Lakeside though.

Also, last HMV I went in I counted 250 copies of the Toy Story 1-3 box set. I think we've definitely hit on their problems right there...

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Re: HMV woes

Postby Ronin » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:07 pm

Quietman wrote:Keeping Bluewater I see, can't imagine the rent is too cheap there but yay.


I used to work for TGI Fridays. We covered that store in Bluewater. Speaking to the GM of that store, it appears the rent is a % of your income. It's not a fixed amount.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Nethlyn » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Blue Cross sale went Buy Two Cheapest Free as of last Friday, people already on the web mailing list are getting some sample pricing but without knowing if the store is shut or not it's a pain expecting people to go and see on the off-chance, can't be great for the staff constantly having to answer whether they're closed and not having confirmed closure dates.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Edam » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:13 pm

Lakeside the other day had clearly taken a new delivery of several hundred copies of a box set of Porridge that wasn't there the other month.

Clever business move guys. ¬_¬

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Re: HMV woes

Postby Quietman » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:01 pm

It's due for a comeback, mark my words give it a month and Porridge memes will be everywhere.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby DjchunKfunK » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:08 pm

Latest rumours are that Asda owner Walmart may look to buy the ailing company and then set-up concessions in its larger stores.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Nethlyn » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:24 pm

That would only be a good idea to me personally if the HMV website remained standalone, even if they dropped the loyalty card.

I barely have time to stop at any major station to visit the Mega-Asdas they're building right now so a concession that's just another front name for Wal-Mart wouldn't attract me outside of a Christmas visit.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Heed » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:48 am

Over the next few years it's going to turn to supermarkets, amazon and eBay. Everything else will be niche shops and a lot of that business is now online anyway. It's a sad state of affairs to be honest. I can remember when supermarkets just used to sell food and toiletries. Now you can go to Asda and buy clothes, CD's Games, Consoles, Homewares etc. along with your shopping.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Achtung Englander » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:29 am

as much as we hate the death of high street if we see more individualism or originality in the high street as opposed to the situation we found ourselves where every high street in the country looks exactly the same as every other high street with the same shops as if the entire country has been cloned than can must be a good thing

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Re: HMV woes

Postby Pew-Pew » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:40 pm

I can't make sense of that post.
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Re: HMV woes

Postby Mantis » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:58 pm

It's pretty obvious what he was trying to say. Almost.

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Re: HMV woes

Postby JohnyHumf » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:09 pm

Shops are fucking shit, you need to waste all that time getting out of bed, getting washed, getting dressed, making yourself presentable, travelling to where the shop is, weave your way through traffic, dodging all those other idiots out shopping, making sure you go to the shop when it's actually open, having to look for the thing you want in amongst all the other shit on sale, carry it to the checkout, wait in a cuntfaced bastarding queue, hand over your hard-earned money to someone who doesn't want to be there, carry the thing you bought (which might be really heavy and awkward to carry) all the way back home, and wish there was some way you could avoid having to do all that.

I honestly don't see the point of lamenting over shops closing down, all they are are buildings with things in them, most of which you don't really need to look at before you buy. There's tons of small businesses online with either their own sites or part of larger ones like Amazon or eBay, which people seem to avoid because they're "big business" as though shops weren't already having to pay rents or franchise etc before. If anything the profit margin is probably much higher for businesses without a high street presence.

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