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HMV to make announcement on gift voucher redemption next week

The company has confirmed four stores will re-open next month. There’s no confirmation as yet on whether gift cards for the old HMV will be honoured.

The HMV 'teaser' banner on Henry Street
The HMV 'teaser' banner on Henry Street
Image: Photocall Ireland

HMV HAS THIS evening confirmed its new flagship store in Ireland will re-open on Dublin’s Henry Street on Friday 6 September, with three other stores to open the following week. TheJournal.ie reported this morning that the four stores – including outlets in Liffey Valley, Dundrum and Limerick – would all open for business at the start of September.

There’s still no definite word however on whether vouchers will be honoured. Hilco Capital, which took over the HMV brand from its administrators earlier this year, says it will confirm next week whether they can be redeemed in the re-opened outlets:

We will also be making announcements next week regarding plans for the redemption of valid gift vouchers which were not honoured during the Receivership of the old HMV business prior to our ownership.

About 120 new staff members have already been recruited, with management teams beginning work last month and other employees coming on board today, tomorrow and early next week.

According to Hilco Capital Chief Exexutive Paul McGowan:

The demand from consumers has been very strong since we acquired the business from the Receivers so it is gratifying to be able to get four stores up and running in such a short period of time.

The company – which also now owns the Xtra-vision brand – has also announced plans to open HMV concession stores within 26 of the re-opened DVD rental outlets. Details of the locations will be confirmed next week.

A “leading Irish band” will performing in-store on Henry Street to help celebrate the 6 September re-opening. The company plans to launch a meet-and-great competition in the coming weeks for fans of the as-yet-unconfirmed group.

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