Manchester’s Market Street store, plus Stockport and Bury branches saved

  • All 25 Fopp stores saved;
  • Jessops resurrected as online business with limited High Street presence;
  • Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale stores still closed.
HMV, Market Street, Manchester
Second Chance: HMV’s Market Street store, Manchester.

On the 07 February 2013, it was confirmed that 66 HMV stores would be closed by the end of March this year. A fortnight on, another 37 stores joined the list with over half of Greater Manchester’s nine stores proposed for closure. This time, only Ashton-under-Lyne’s and Rochdale’s HMVs have closed. The Bolton, Stockport and Manchester stores will remain open.

Manchester’s massive three floor store on 90 Market Street opened in 1991 as the city centre’s flagship store, and will be one of two Hilco owned music stores. The other one is the Fopp store on Brown Street. All other Fopp stores will stay open. HMV’s new owners aim to concentrate more on its core product: recorded music and video for discerning customers. Therefore, future refurbishment will see the iPad clones displaced by an improved range of CDs, DVDs and Blurays. Though the internet has become a normal source for purchasing music and film titles, some people prefer to own their favourite releases in physical form.

Fopp, Brown Street, Manchester
Back in Action: Fopp’s Brown Street store, Manchester.

Jessops’ Return to the Frame

Over the last week, Jessops’ Manchester store became one of six stores to reopen. The chain was rescued by Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den fame, initially as an online business. Within months came the decision to reopen stores in Aberdeen, High Wycombe, London, Birmingham and St. Albans as well as Manchester’s Market Street store.

The first floor of Manchester’s branch will remain dedicated to photo printing in digital and analogue forms. To reduce delays for both Jessops and its customers, there will also be an instore film lab for 35mm and 120 medium format films. C41, E6 (colour negative and slide films) plus real black and white films will also be processed, with film stocks set to be expanded in time for summer.

Jessops, Manchester Arndale
In The Frame: Jessops’ Manchester store, Market Street.

S.V., 05 April 2013.

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