HMV in Worthing is spared axe as company announces closures

HMV in Worthing has been spared closure in a nationwide store reduction move affecting 66 sites around the country.

Administrators for the troubled retailer have confirmed that its stores across the county have avoided closure among a total of more than 200 branches.

The company has revealed the store closures will affect around 960 jobs, which comes on top of an announcement of 190 head office staff being made redundant.

This sparked a very public backlash from some staff, with employees reportedly taking to Twitter as a means of venting their dismay at the situation.

Nick Edwards, of administrator Deloitte, said: “This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business’ future as a going concern.

“We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period. All other key stakeholders remain very supportive and I continue to be hopeful of securing a future for the restructured business.”