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Blockbuster closing all UK stores this weekend, completely shutting down

Jonathan Lester
Blockbuster, UK retail

Blockbuster closing all UK stores this weekend, completely shutting down

'We Would Like To Thank Staff For Their Professionalism'

After several nervy months of administration, struggling retailer Blockbuster will sadly be shutting up shop here in the UK - closing all remaining stores by the end of this weekend.

Blockbuster's shuttered all but 91 of their 508 stores since they re-entered administration, meaning that the final closure will see the remaining 808 staffers lose their positions. We wish the very best to all those affected, especially given the timing, and hope that they'll quickly find themselves new employment.

"It is with regret that we have to make today's announcement, we appreciate this is a difficult time for all concerned and would like to thank staff for their professionalism and support over the past month," administrators Simon Thomas and Nick O'Reilly stated to the Beeb.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to secure a buyer for the group as a going concern and as a result had to take the regrettable action to close the remaining stores."

All stock will be sold off at a 90% discount over the weekend.

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Late  Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:57

Popped into one on Tuesday, and everything was reduced by 70% (and a big sign said 4 days until closure). Most stock was gone. They had about 3 games left, all without cases.
There were about 4 or 5 stands full of films, rather than the 30 or so stands they used to have.
I felt like a vulture. :(

Picked up a used ex-rental copy of "End of Watch" on BD for £3.
So apparently they originally had this ex-rental disk up for ten quid. You can get it brand new for less than that! No wonder they went bust...

Best of luck to all Blockbusters staff. I've always found them to be fairly pleasant and helpful in my local branch, and it's awful that they're losing their jobs (at any time, but especially at xmas) thanks to the failings of a handful of millionaires in head office.

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