Three Scottish record stores are to close as part of the purchase of the HMV chain by Sunrise Records.
The HMVs in Ayr and Glasgow Braehead, plus Fopp on Glasgow’s Byres Road, are among the 27 shops UK-wide which could not be saved as part of the deal which saw the Canadian firm buy 100 stores out of administration, securing 1,487 jobs.
Beating competition including Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, Sunrise Records’ chief executive Doug Putman said he was “delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK.”
However, the closures, which also include the HMV in London’s Oxford Street branch – the location of its first store – will result in a UK total of 455 redundancies, and leaving just eight branches of HMV in Scotland, along with one Fopp in each of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Of the Byres Road closure, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand said: “This is sad news. Many inches of my record collection originate from this shop.”
Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai also tweeted his support: “Sad to see Fopp on Byres Road on the list of shops closing due to HMV going under new ownership. The staff there are lovely and it’s been a great place to buy music for as long as I remember.”
Remaining HMVs / Fopps in Scotland:
Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
Glasgow Argyle Street
Glasgow Union Street (Fopp)