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HMV to play on at Belfast store as agreement reached with landlord

The HMV store in Belfast's Donegall Arcade
The HMV store in Belfast's Donegall Arcade
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Entertainment retailer HMV will remain in its Belfast premises after reaching an agreement with landlord Sports Direct.

The future of the store had been in doubt after new owners Sunrise Records said the terms of its lease in the city centre were not viable in the long-term.

The Canadian company rescued HMV out of administration in February, taking over the Belfast store and dozens of other outlets in Britain.

But the future of the Belfast store, the last on the island of Ireland, was again thrown into doubt last month, when HMV erected signs in the front windows, informing customers that it was closing down at the end of April.

But on Monday, HMV’s managing director Neil Taylor announced that a deal had been struck with Sports Direct.

“This is fantastic news and I am extremely pleased to say that we have agreed terms with our supportive landlord that will allow us to continue to trade in the wonderful city of Belfast.

“It is the best outcome for our staff and also for our very loyal and supportive customers and we look forward to seeing them very soon as we continue to develop and improve our offers every week.”

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