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HMV set to reopen its flagship Oxford Street store

HMV will reopen the original flagship store on Saturday, 92 years after first opening its doors on Oxford Street. The retailer traded at 363 Oxford Street until 2000, before moving further up the road.

The first HMV was opened in 1921
The first HMV was opened in 1921 on 363 Oxford Street Credit: Press Association

Speaking to Retail Week Chairman Paul McGowan said: "The store at number 363 was a London landmark and a British institution for nearly 80 years and earned its place in music history through its role in landing The Beatles a recording contract.

"It's hugely significant that HMV's coming home to do what it does best with renewed confidence and authority."

HMV deal saves London stores

Entertainment retailer HMV has been bought by restructuring group Hilco in a deal that saves more than 2,500 jobs and keeps 141 stores open.

HMV Oxford Street
HMV opened its first store on London's Oxford Street in July 1921. Credit: REUTERS

The Capital's HMV outlets that have been saved are as follows:

  • Basildon

  • Bluewater

  • Bromley

  • Canary Wharf

  • Chelmsford

  • Crawley

  • Covent Garden

  • Gower Street

  • Guildford

  • Harlow

  • Hatfield

  • High Wycombe

  • Islington

  • Kingston

  • Oxford Circus

  • Reading Oracle

  • Romford

  • Selfridge's Oxford Street

  • Southend Victoria

  • Staines

  • Stevenage

  • Stratford City, Westfield

  • Sutton

  • Thurrock

  • Uxbridge

  • Westfield, Shepherd's Bush

  • Wimbledon

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Administrators name HMV stores set to close

The 66 stores identified for closure are:

Ashton-under-Lyne, Ballymena, Barnsley, Bayswater, Belfast Boucher Road, Belfast Forestside, Bexleyheath, Birkenhead, Birmingham Fort, Blackburn, Boston, Bournemouth Castlepoint, Bracknell, Burton-upon-Trent, Camberley, Chesterfield, Coleraine, Craigavon.

Administrators Deloitte announced the planned closures
Administrators Deloitte announced the planned closures Credit: Press Association

Croydon Centrale, Derry, Dumfries, Durham, Edinburgh Fort, Edinburgh Gyle Centre, Edinburgh Ocean, Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh St James, Falkirk, Fulham, Glasgow - Fort, Glasgow - Silverburn, Glasgow Braehead, Huddersfield, Kirkcaldy, Leamington Spa, Leeds White Rose, Lisburn, Loughborough.

Luton, Manchester 90, Moorgate, Newry, Newtonabbey, Orpington, Rochdale, Scunthorpe, South Shields, Speke Park, St Albans, St Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Tamworth, Teesside, Telford, Trocadero, Wakefield, Walsall.

Walton-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Warrington, Watford, Wellingborough, Wigan, Wood Green, Workington, Wrexham.

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