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HMV
HMV
IRELAND, was an entertainment retailing company operated in Ireland by Hilco Capital Ireland The company was first established by HMV
HMV
Group Plc as part of their international expansion into Ireland and Canada in 1986. The first store in Ireland established was at HMV on Grafton Street
Grafton Street
in Dublin
Dublin
(closed since February 2013, reopened in new location in 2014, a different location in 2015 and closed again in 2016).

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1986–2000s * 1.2 Receivership * 1.3 May to September 2013: Hilco Capital Ireland reinvestment * 1.4 Closure in 2016

* 2 Product rangeXtravision * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

1986–2000S

HMV
HMV
established its first store in Ireland in 1986 following the retailer's expansion to Canada. The first store to open was on Grafton Street which became very popular for numerous big name Irish acts performing live in the store. The retailer expanded in Dublin
Dublin
with a second store on Henry Street and that followed with expansion into Cork in the late 1980s before adding a store in Limerick City
Limerick City
in the 1990s. The retailer expanded with numerous stores in the Greater Dublin
Dublin
region and nationwide again into Galway and Newbridge in the early to mid 2000's.

On 5 February 2011 HMV
HMV
Ireland announced that its profits had fallen by almost 90% to €465,000, compared to €4.1 million the previous year.

RECEIVERSHIP

Following increased pressure from high rental rates in Ireland, increased legal and illegal downloading and competition from online retailers in January 2013 HMV's parent company HMV
HMV
Group plc went into administration in the United Kingdom, potentially affecting its operations within Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore. In January 2013, its 16 stores in the Republic went into receivership and as a result its Irish subsidiary ceased trading with the loss of 300 jobs. On 15 January 2013 HMV
HMV
Ireland refused to accept HMV
HMV
vouchers within its stores following HMV
HMV
UK's administration, although HMV
HMV
Ireland was a separate entity to the UK operation. The refusal of vouchers proved controversial for staff and customers, leading to speculation that HMV
HMV
Ireland would also enter administration.

On 16 January 2013, HMV
HMV
Ireland declared receivership , under Irish law; companies in receivership must close its stores with immediate effect and all Irish stores were closed until further notice. Deloitte Ireland was appointed receiver and are reportedly seeking a buyer for HMV's Irish stores. The National Consumer Agency in Ireland questioned the legal basis on which HMV
HMV
in Ireland refused to honour gift vouchers and this criticism was later supported by accountancy agencies claiming that HMV
HMV
Ireland Ltd. was not part of the HMV
HMV
UK administration and refusal of vouchers was unlawful prior to receivership. Since HMV
HMV
Ireland's announcement of receivership staff located at HMV
HMV
stores in Limerick
Limerick
and Cork refused to leave the premises based on the uncertainty whether they will get paid for December and early January. Deloitte confirmed on 19 January that all staff would be paid what they were owed, and that it was attempting to sell the Irish stores. It was confirmed on 12 February 2013 that all stores within Ireland are officially closed with immediate effect and HMV
HMV
has left the Irish market place. It resulted in the loss of 300 jobs.

MAY TO SEPTEMBER 2013: HILCO CAPITAL IRELAND REINVESTMENT

One of Dublin's HMV
HMV
stores is set to be re-opened in a deal being negotiated. Stores in other parts of Ireland are also set to reopen following successful negotiations with landlords.

On 9 June 2013 the Sunday Independent revealed Hilco Capital Ireland confirmed it has purchased HMV
HMV
Ireland. Its new owners will reopen five stores in Ireland within the next six weeks. The new Irish flagship store will be based on Dublin's Henry Street . This store closed in February 2013 due to HMV
HMV
Ireland Ltd. going into receivership. The Henry Street store will be the first to open and additional stores will reopen within the next six weeks these include HMV
HMV
in Dublin's Liffey Valley Shopping Centre , Dundrum Town Centre and the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick
Limerick
. A fifth store is expected to open in Cork and possibly an additional store in Galway. HMV
HMV
Ireland is to re-invest up to €4 million in its Irish stores and employ 100 people. It is also speculated that they hope to reopen on Dublin's Grafton Street
Grafton Street
in the future in a new location.

On 27 August 2013 Hilco Ireland announced that HMV
HMV
Ireland stores would open in early September and these stores will redeem unused HMV vouchers purchased through the companies previous owners. HMV
HMV
on Henry Street is the first to open on 6 September 2013 and will be opened by Irish band The Strypes . All other stores will open the following week, with the Dundrum store to open at a later date. On 29 August 2013 HMV
HMV
Ireland also confirmed that 26 HMV
HMV
concession stores will open in local Xtra-vision stores in Ireland. These dual branded stores ( Xtra-vision / HMV) will open in Athlone
Athlone
, Ballina , Blackpool and Douglas in Cork , Carlow
Carlow
, Drogheda
Drogheda
, Dundalk , Portlaoise , Ennis , and Galway , thus increasing HMV's presence on the Irish high street. These dual branded stores will begin rebranding from late September. HMV
HMV
Ireland confirmed that it would launch services already available to customers in Canada to be made available in Ireland including HMV's localised website hmv.ie and its digital service 'The Vault'.

The Dublin
Dublin
Henry Street store reopened on 5 September 2013 and the Liffey Valley shopping centre, Dundrum Town Centre and Limerick Crescent shopping centre stores re-opened on 12 September 2013.

HMV
HMV
opened a new branch on Grafton Street
Grafton Street
on 19 April 2014 and in Edward Square, Galway in Summer 2014.

On Saturday 13 June 2015 HMV's Grafton Street
Grafton Street
Store will relocate to 72 Grafton Street. The new store is located in the former Karen Millen Store which was previously the Grafton Cinema until the 1970s.

In early 2016, HMV
HMV
Ireland confirmed the closure of its Galway City store and its store on Dublin's Grafton Street, both stores will close by end of January. This follows the closure of many Xtravision and HMV
HMV
Xtravision branded stores at the end of December 2015/early January. In late January 2016 the remainder of Xtravision was liquidated.

CLOSURE IN 2016

In July 2016, Hilco announced it would be closing its remaining five stores, in order to refocus HMV
HMV
in Ireland as a new digital service ( HMV
HMV
Digital) where customers can stream, rent or purchase music and films online. The new HMV
HMV
digital service will launch in Ireland before rolling out into the UK and Canada. All stores closed between 29 and 30 August.

PRODUCT RANGEXTRAVISION

HMV
HMV
stores stock a range of products including audio , books, Blu-ray Discs , CDs , computer software and hardware, DVDs , video games , posters, as well as an increasing range of clothing and fashion items

SEE ALSO

* HMV
HMV

REFERENCES

* ^ A B " HMV
HMV
Collapse: History Of A High Street Icon". Sky News . 15 January 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ Lynch, Suzanne (5 February 2011). " Music
Music
giant HMV
HMV
Ireland saw a 90% fall in profits last year". The Irish Times . * ^ Anderson, Nicola (16 January 2013). "Grandad walks out of HMV with computer games after staff refuse to accept gift voucher". Irish Independent . Retrieved 1 February 2013. * ^ " HMV
HMV
Ireland goes into receivership". Belfast Telegraph . 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. * ^ "Deloitte appointed receiver to HMV
HMV
Ireland". RTÉ News
RTÉ News
. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.

* ^ " HMV
HMV
must honour vouchers – ACCA". Irish Independent. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. * ^ " HMV
HMV
staff holding Limerick
Limerick
sit-in". RTÉ News. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. * ^ " HMV
HMV
workers in Cork occupy store". The Irish Times. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. * ^ "Irish HMV
HMV
staff end their sit in after being told they will be paid". BBC News
BBC News
. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013. * ^ "300 jobs lost as HMV
HMV
closes". The Irish Times. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. * ^ Doyle, Kevin (5 April 2013). "HMV\'s Henry Street store could be re-opened following deal with Hilco". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2013. * ^ " HMV
HMV
could return to Ireland thanks to rescue package". NME . 9 May 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ Burke, Roisin (9 June 2013). " HMV
HMV
stores set to re-open with €4m investment and 100 jobs". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ Kennedy, Jason (27 August 2013). "Four HMV
HMV
stores reopening in September will honour valid gift vouchers". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ " The Strypes (photograph)". pbs.twimg.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. * ^ " HMV
HMV
Ireland stores set to reopen next week". Irish Independent. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ Percival, Geoff (23 August 2013). "26 HMV
HMV
stores to open in Xtra-vision". Irish Examiner . Retrieved 29 October 2013. * ^ " HMV
HMV
store reopenings". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 September 2013. * ^ Costanza, Tina (7 March 2014). " HMV
HMV
store to re-open on Dublin\'s Grafton Street". Silicon Republic.com. Retrieved 6 August 2016. * ^ " HMV
HMV
to open doors on Grafton Street
Grafton Street
over Easter weekend". Irish Independent. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2016. * ^ "Breakdancers and live performances promised as HMV
HMV
to officially open Grafton St store". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 August 2016. * ^ " HMV
HMV
on the move on Dublin\'s Grafton Street". Irish Times. Retrieved 6 August 2016. * ^ "