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Hilco: Public have strong desire for HMV to continue

HMV buyers Hilco said the public's reaction to the news the shops were shutting show shoppers want the business to succeed. Ian Topping, from Hilco said:

The reaction of the British public to the administration of HMV shows a strong desire for the business to continue to trade and we hope to play a constructive part in delivering that.

The company also confirmed it was in negotiations with landlords to re-establish a HMV business in the Republic of Ireland.

HMV buyers: We believe company has successful future

Specialist restructuring firm Hilco has confirmed it has struck an agreement with HMV administrators Deloitte to buy the company, in a deal that should secure 2,500 jobs.

The deal will keep 141 shops open, including 25 which had already been earmarked for closure.

The sale includes all nine of the Fopp-branded shops. Hilco chief executive Paul Mc Gowan said the company hoped to replicate the success they have had with HMV Canada, purchased two years ago.

We have spent a number of weeks negotiating revised terms with landlords and the key suppliers to the business, all of whom have been supportive of our plans to maintain an entertainment retailer on the High Street.

We hope to replicate some of the success we have had in the Canadian market with the HMV Canada business which we acquired almost two years ago and which is now trading strongly...The higher level of competition in the UK will prove additional challenges for the UK business but we believe it has a successful future ahead of it.

Who is HMV 'buyer' Hilco?

Hilco, a specialist "restructuring" company confirmed in January that it acquired HMV's debt from the Group's lenders, but not the business itself. It said at the time:

Hilco believes there to be a viable underlying HMV business and will now be working closely with Deloitte who, as Administrators, are reviewing the business to determine future options.

The company says it global leader in "maximising the realisation value of retail assets" and has managed the restructure of the following businesses:

  • Woolworths
  • Habitat
  • Somerfield
  • Denby
  • Littlewoods
  • Borders
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