HMV's new Oxford Street store - housed in HMV's old Oxford Street store - will open next week just in time for Christmas shopping. You know, if you want to do some old fashioned browsing for entertainment-based Christmas presents before submitting your order on the Amazon app.
The new shop will be, we are told, "a hub for entertainment in the capital and the largest entertainment outlet in London offering an unparalleled range of music, film, merchandise and technology products as well as performance spaces".
It will stock "over 4000 popular culture merchandise lines, over 20,000 vinyl albums and CDs [and] over 8000 4kUHD, Blu-ray and DVDs", as well as all those techie gadgets.
It was announced earlier this year that HMV would return to London's big shopping street after a four year absence, operating from 363 Oxford Street, where the very first HMV store was opened in 1921.
The Oxford Street branch of HMV closed the last time the entertainment retailer fell into administration shortly after Christmas 2018. Canadian company Sunrise Records - headed up by Doug Putman - bought HMV out of that administration, which kept the majority of the HMV shops open, but not the Oxford Street one.
Commenting on HMV's return to Oxford Street next week, Putman says: “Our new HMV shop concept and fan-focused offer is really working for us, with HMV once again becoming a mainstay on the UK high street. The return to Oxford Street and re-opening of our flagship is a culmination of the team’s hard work over the past four years and as a business we see it as the launchpad for an exciting new era for HMV".