Music chain HMV to open in Culver Square

Music chain HMV to open in Culver Square

Music chain HMV to open in Culver Square

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A MUSIC store will move into one of Colchester’s shopping centres.

HMV is set to open in Culver Square, in the site currently occupied by clothes store USC.

Staff at USC have been told the store will close by June 23.

It is understood employees may be offered jobs at other stores run by national firm Sports Direct, which owns USC.

The move by HMV will mark the return of a music store to the premises, which prior to being home to USC, was occupied by the Zavvi music store and before that, a Virgin Megastore.

HMV, which has another town centre store in Lion Walk shopping centre, has submitted plans for advertisement consent at the Culver Square premises.

William Blake, Culver Square spokesman, said: “We are pleased to confirm that HMV, a leading specialist retailer of music, film, games and technology products, will be opening a store of more than 9,000 sq ft at Culver Square Shopping Centre this summer.

“The brand will open in units 27-30, which is the shop that USC will be vacating shortly.

“HMV will be a welcome addition to the centre’s line up, providing a great fit with our shopper catchment.

“We continue to speak to a range of retailers about their interest in opening or growing their stores in Culver Square and hope to be able to announce more exciting news in the next few weeks.”

HMV has not confirmed whether the move will spell the closure of its other store and whether existing staff will be transferred to the new premises.

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10:10am Mon 9 Jun 14

donttellanyone says...

Shocked at this hmv are way overpriced surprised they are doing weell enough to open another store.
Shocked at this hmv are way overpriced surprised they are doing weell enough to open another store. donttellanyone
  • Score: 2

10:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

wormshero says...

Prices vary quite a lot - new releases are competitively priced, as are vinyl records (well, they're the same price as Amazon, sometimes less, and as Amazon don't bother to pay tax and there's less chance of loss/damage in shipment I favor HMV), but older albums do tend to be more expensive. Same with movies, except during clearances. I'm glad they're moving to a bigger premise, hopefully this means a wider range of music again!
Prices vary quite a lot - new releases are competitively priced, as are vinyl records (well, they're the same price as Amazon, sometimes less, and as Amazon don't bother to pay tax and there's less chance of loss/damage in shipment I favor HMV), but older albums do tend to be more expensive. Same with movies, except during clearances. I'm glad they're moving to a bigger premise, hopefully this means a wider range of music again! wormshero
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Mon 9 Jun 14

cowdraydarran says...

That's very very good news and im over the moon that USC has shut.i returned a top to USC on the day i was arranging my fathers funeral may 10th 2014 because it was soiled only to be told that i had worn it and it was at the managers discretion wether or not it could be returned but the manager barely out of nappies refused.when i objected to there treatment i was escorted from the store and followed to shepherds undertakers(where my dead father was in the chapel of rest)and then to the castle park so i sat in the cafe only to see a police car driving towards me over the grass.......two policeman tried to force me into there car but i refused and was given an on the spot £80 fine for breach of the peace.All this occurred because the £50 Tshirt i purchased was soiled so im ecstatic they have closed down.
That's very very good news and im over the moon that USC has shut.i returned a top to USC on the day i was arranging my fathers funeral may 10th 2014 because it was soiled only to be told that i had worn it and it was at the managers discretion wether or not it could be returned but the manager barely out of nappies refused.when i objected to there treatment i was escorted from the store and followed to shepherds undertakers(where my dead father was in the chapel of rest)and then to the castle park so i sat in the cafe only to see a police car driving towards me over the grass.......two policeman tried to force me into there car but i refused and was given an on the spot £80 fine for breach of the peace.All this occurred because the £50 Tshirt i purchased was soiled so im ecstatic they have closed down. cowdraydarran
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Mon 9 Jun 14

romantic says...

Good to see a big music store opening up on that site. Even in these days of downloads and Amazon, there is definitely the market there for an actual physical shop where you can browse through, and quite often end up buying something you've scarcely heard of before because it caught your eye. I've always liked music shops, and will definitely head there and find new things.
Good to see a big music store opening up on that site. Even in these days of downloads and Amazon, there is definitely the market there for an actual physical shop where you can browse through, and quite often end up buying something you've scarcely heard of before because it caught your eye. I've always liked music shops, and will definitely head there and find new things. romantic
  • Score: 11

1:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mirokou says...

Out of date store.. Give it 12 months ,max
Out of date store.. Give it 12 months ,max mirokou
  • Score: -12

2:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

jamest says...

Virgin RIP
Zavvi RIP
USC RIP

I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed!
Virgin RIP Zavvi RIP USC RIP I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed! jamest
  • Score: 7

2:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

jut1972 says...

Hopefully the old store will stay open but doubt it HMV haven't changed that much to support two stores.

Or 1 for music 1 for everything else! We can dream!
Hopefully the old store will stay open but doubt it HMV haven't changed that much to support two stores. Or 1 for music 1 for everything else! We can dream! jut1972
  • Score: -1

4:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

SAndrewss says...

HMV were in administration during the first quarter of 2013, so I'd like to think that any expansion they make would have been thought through.
I can't see the current store staying open as well as the new one, so really it's just a change of premises to a larger store.
It always seems busy when I've been in there, particularly at xmas.
HMV were in administration during the first quarter of 2013, so I'd like to think that any expansion they make would have been thought through. I can't see the current store staying open as well as the new one, so really it's just a change of premises to a larger store. It always seems busy when I've been in there, particularly at xmas. SAndrewss
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Nom De Plume says...

jamest wrote:
Virgin RIP
Zavvi RIP
USC RIP

I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed!
HMV need to say where they are.
I agree with the above.
A number of businesses who move and then fail from an original location when they were successful there is a Numerological reason for it.
The number to a property for HMV must be 8: 17: 26: 35: 44: 53: and so on.
If you run a business and it is successful, then move to bigger premises and you fall flat on your face, there is normally an esoteric link to this, hence the failure. The building is jinxed to record shops this is a correct assumption.
The most eminent authority on the subject is Rodney Davis of Hampstead In London.
[quote][p][bold]jamest[/bold] wrote: Virgin RIP Zavvi RIP USC RIP I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed![/p][/quote]HMV need to say where they are. I agree with the above. A number of businesses who move and then fail from an original location when they were successful there is a Numerological reason for it. The number to a property for HMV must be 8: 17: 26: 35: 44: 53: and so on. If you run a business and it is successful, then move to bigger premises and you fall flat on your face, there is normally an esoteric link to this, hence the failure. The building is jinxed to record shops this is a correct assumption. The most eminent authority on the subject is Rodney Davis of Hampstead In London. Nom De Plume
  • Score: -4

11:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
jamest wrote:
Virgin RIP
Zavvi RIP
USC RIP

I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed!
HMV need to say where they are.
I agree with the above.
A number of businesses who move and then fail from an original location when they were successful there is a Numerological reason for it.
The number to a property for HMV must be 8: 17: 26: 35: 44: 53: and so on.
If you run a business and it is successful, then move to bigger premises and you fall flat on your face, there is normally an esoteric link to this, hence the failure. The building is jinxed to record shops this is a correct assumption.
The most eminent authority on the subject is Rodney Davis of Hampstead In London.
I am sure the down fall of a national record store chain (Virgin/Zavvi - they were the same company in the end) was not down to the fact they moved into one shop in Colchester.

Now as the only 'specialist' (and I use that very loosely) national record store chain in the country, there is no reason why HMV cannot succeed; however they will need to get use to lower profit margins and offer value add on the likes of the supermarkets, Amazon and the upcoming streaming services (both film and music).
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamest[/bold] wrote: Virgin RIP Zavvi RIP USC RIP I wouldn't touch this building! It's jinxed![/p][/quote]HMV need to say where they are. I agree with the above. A number of businesses who move and then fail from an original location when they were successful there is a Numerological reason for it. The number to a property for HMV must be 8: 17: 26: 35: 44: 53: and so on. If you run a business and it is successful, then move to bigger premises and you fall flat on your face, there is normally an esoteric link to this, hence the failure. The building is jinxed to record shops this is a correct assumption. The most eminent authority on the subject is Rodney Davis of Hampstead In London.[/p][/quote]I am sure the down fall of a national record store chain (Virgin/Zavvi - they were the same company in the end) was not down to the fact they moved into one shop in Colchester. Now as the only 'specialist' (and I use that very loosely) national record store chain in the country, there is no reason why HMV cannot succeed; however they will need to get use to lower profit margins and offer value add on the likes of the supermarkets, Amazon and the upcoming streaming services (both film and music). wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -1

12:19am Tue 10 Jun 14

Boris says...

Last year I bought six CDs at HMV, and then when I got home, the same day, I checked their prices on Amazon. In five cases out of six, Amazon was dearer, and in the sixth case Amazon was cheaper only by a few pence.
It is a myth that Amazon is cheaper. Mostly, it isn't. And it is a notorious tax dodger as well as exploiting its workers.
Well done HMV, provided all your staff get jobs at the new store. As for the alleged jinx or hoodoo on that shop, nothing lasts for ever, so let's hope HMV makes a go of it.
Last year I bought six CDs at HMV, and then when I got home, the same day, I checked their prices on Amazon. In five cases out of six, Amazon was dearer, and in the sixth case Amazon was cheaper only by a few pence. It is a myth that Amazon is cheaper. Mostly, it isn't. And it is a notorious tax dodger as well as exploiting its workers. Well done HMV, provided all your staff get jobs at the new store. As for the alleged jinx or hoodoo on that shop, nothing lasts for ever, so let's hope HMV makes a go of it. Boris
  • Score: 6

2:08pm Wed 11 Jun 14

catflap1 says...

The move by HMV will mark the return of a music store to the premises, which prior to being home to USC, was occupied by the Zavvi music store and before that, a Virgin Megastore and before that a chip shop
The move by HMV will mark the return of a music store to the premises, which prior to being home to USC, was occupied by the Zavvi music store and before that, a Virgin Megastore and before that a chip shop catflap1
  • Score: 0

1:06am Thu 12 Jun 14

Boris says...

catflap1 wrote:
The move by HMV will mark the return of a music store to the premises, which prior to being home to USC, was occupied by the Zavvi music store and before that, a Virgin Megastore and before that a chip shop
And before that (late 1980s), a fairly upmarket fish restaurant run by Robert Milsom. I think it was called the Lighthouse. My siblings and I took our parents there for their golden wedding anniversary.
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: The move by HMV will mark the return of a music store to the premises, which prior to being home to USC, was occupied by the Zavvi music store and before that, a Virgin Megastore and before that a chip shop[/p][/quote]And before that (late 1980s), a fairly upmarket fish restaurant run by Robert Milsom. I think it was called the Lighthouse. My siblings and I took our parents there for their golden wedding anniversary. Boris
  • Score: 1

9:31am Mon 16 Jun 14

stevedawson says...

Yea jinxed.
Yea jinxed. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

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