HMV to accept gift vouchers from tomorrow

High-street retailer backtracks on previous decision to block store credit.

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Troubled retailer HMV, which announced last week was entering administration, has announced it will be accepting gift vouchers and store credit as of January 22.

Last week's decision to freeze in-store credit was met with a largely negative response, including the publicised case of grandfather Eric Nolan storming out of a branch of the store with three games.

Deloitte administrator Nick Edwards said that the decision to block gift vouchers "caused concern for individuals and organisations affected" and that Deloitte is "pleased to have reached a positive outcome."

"Since our appointment as Joint Administrators on Tuesday afternoon, we have been urgently assessing the Companies’ financial position," added Edwards.

"I am pleased to confirm that, having concluded this assessment, we are able to honour gift cards."

Since entering administration last week, numerous potential buyers are reported to have shown an interest in the high street chain - chief amongst them is turnaround group Hilco, according to MSN, which already owns HMV Canada.

HMV currently has 239 stores in the UK and employs 4,350 people.

Discussion

9 comments
HapiJoel
HapiJoel

why was my comment deleted?!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Bloody right they should! Any retailers that don't honour gift cards are bloody thieves. I've got a day off tomorrow. I'll be heading down to HMV and putting my voucher to use first thing before they change their minds.

ACWH
ACWH

Soon as I heard GAME were going bust I rushed into the Oxford St store to spend my vouchers only to find they had no new games. Had to buy bargain basement stuff and accessories....

Moral is don't gift anybody vouchers. Buy them a present or give them money instead.

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

If we sacrifice GameStop to the Gods HMV will live on.

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

"Grandfather Eric Nolan storming out of a branch of the store with three games."

Well done pops !! you my hero. :D

Now i can spend my £10.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

@PlatinumPaladin They didn't make any decision, Deloitte did, don't blame HMv. They wont change their minds, they just might close the store.