The reason HMV still exists in the UK is because the financially-distressed chain was rescued by Doug Putnam, the head of Canada’s Sunrise Records. He enjoyed turning things around in this country so much (he bought up most of the HMV leases from coast-to-coast and turned then all into Sunrise Records location), that Doug believes be can not only maintain the HMV brand in the UK but expand it.
A new announcement says that HMV will open “Europe’s largest entertainment store” at Dale End near the centre of Birmingham. When the doors open next month, it will offer 25,000 square feet of retail space, stocking everything from CDs and vinyl to t-shirts and headphones and—well, more. A lot more.
Called The HMV Vault, the store will stock thousands of LPs, plenty of specialty music and a performance space for live gigs.
What about London? There’s no HMV flagship anymore. Patience, people…