There’s good news for anyone who loves browsing the vinyl in a record store. Retailer HMV has announced its return to Oxford Street after a four-year absence.
The HMV store at 363 Oxford Street closed in 2019 after almost 100 years, when the company went into administration. The brand, bought by Sunrise Records, will return to high street trading after a "dramatic turnaround" in profitability during 2022.
The new store - called HMV Shop - will open in time for Christmas with fresh branding and a new layout. It will expand its offering beyond records and CDs to include pop culture merchandise and tech, as well as hosting signings and performances by new bands.
The relaunch will be followed by additional stores on 24 new sites around the UK, with 14 existing shops also set to reopen by the end of 2023.
The world-famous retailer, with its iconic gramophone and Jack Russell logo, first opened in 1921. Since then, it has hosted performances by major music acts including the Spice Girls.
The reopening is good news for London’s premier shopping street which has seen some major stores close over recent years, including Top Shop and Debenhams. HMV Shop replaces a US candy store which previously traded on the site.
Councillor Geoff Barraclough, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for planning and economic development, welcomed the move: "It’s fantastic to see this iconic brand back on Oxford Street, where it stood as a driver of music and pop culture in the capital for so long,” he said. “The return of this famous name is proof that there's a buzz back in the West End."
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