Up to ten local jobs have been lost with the official confirmation yesterday that Kilkenny’s HMV store in the Mac Donagh Junction Shopping Centre is to remain closed permanently.
HMV now becomes the latest in a line of music/record shops in Kilkenny to close down in the past three years, following Zavvi (located in the same store unit), Heartbeat City, and Irish Heartbeat. The retailer was one of the larger tenants in Kilkenny’s Mac Donagh shopping centre.
However, the centre’s manager Donie Butler has revealed that there are already talks ongoing with other possible tenants, who may provide a similar offering. It is also hoped that any potential new tenant will look to the immediate expertise available in terms of staffing, such as former HMV workers.
“It is only talks at the moment, but the omens are good,” said Mr Butler.
“The Kilkenny branch was one of the more profitable outlets in the Republic of Ireland, and there is still a business opportunity there.”
The receiver to HMV Ireland yesterday confirmed that the 16 outlets across Ireland are to remain closed, with around 300 redundancies in total. He said that the stores were loss making and attracting a buyer was not possible.
Staff had been temporarily laid-off when it went into receivership in January.
They revealed to the Kilkenny People that they had only learned that the company was in trouble on the day that the administration was confirmed on the evening news. They also reported that the shop had enjoyed a busy Christmas period.
Much of HMV’s woes have been attributed to the record/music shop industry struggling to cope with declining sales of CDs and DVDs, and the move toward online sales.