Petition set up to stop HMV in Bury St Edmunds from closing its doors
A petition has been set up to try to save a popular music and film retailer in Bury St Edmunds which announced it was closing last week.
HMV, in the arc shopping centre, placed large banners in its doors stating the store was closing and that ‘everything must go’ on Friday.
Now people who support the petition have spoken out about why they want the store to remain trading in the town – to help promote local bands and musicians and help the high street.
One supporter said that he and others were ‘all really upset that a deal can’t be found’.
Currently the petition has nearly 650 signatures.
If no agreement can be reached, the store is due to close by the end of July.
In a comment on the petition, Ruth Brighton said: “Just when things are starting to look good for this store. We need HMV open so that we can continue to support/promote local bands/artists, keep bringing in more music/vinyl, continue with those fantastic staff picks and keep the nicest staff members you will ever meet in jobs.”
Ten jobs are at risk if the closure were to go ahead.
One supporter said: “The whole reason the petition was set up is to make landlords realise that people want a HMV and want it to stay. We think the arc shopping centre should consider doing something.”
The landlords of the store are CBRE.
Abigail Panks, the arc shopping centre manager, said: “Our aim is to always support our tenants as much possible. We believe we were as flexible as we could be in trying to reach a mutual agreement with HMV. Sadly, this was not achieved.
“We understand the frustration of our loyal customers. However, decisions are made for benefit of the shopping centre as a whole and providing the local community with a thriving centre.”
A spokesman for HMV, said: “HMV are in discussion with the landlord and remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached which will allow us to continue trading in Bury St Edmunds.”
To sign the petition go to www.change.org/p/hmv-save-hmv-bury-st-edmunds