Shoppers' Reaction to HMV closureBy Becky Barnes
February 19, 2013
Following the news that Bracknell's HMV store is to close, getbracknell asked shoppers in Bracknell town centre what they thought about the closure.
Geoff Green, 62, a lecturer at Bracknell and Wokingham College: “I am sad it is going because I use it quite a lot for CDs and DVDs. I work in Bracknell so I use the book shops and HMV – now I am going to have to shop elsewhere. The internet has a lot to do with it, but I prefer to come and browse in my lunch hour as it is when I may find something I want.”
Bryony Albery, 22,from Warfield: “I think it is gutting. HMV is one of the last media shops on the high street.
There are not many places you can thumb through and browse.”
Vincent Albery, 27, from Warfield: “It is difficult because I tend to buy CDs and DVDs online but I am worried how on earth are we supposed to have an economy if there are no jobs for anyone. I am not sure what will be left in the town centre. Unless I want ladies’ clothing I am not sure what I will come in for.”
Sarah Davies, 39, a part-time account manager, from Warfield: “I am not surprised it is closing – I get everything off Amazon. Even box sets can be £10 or £20 more in HMV, whereas places like Amazon can afford to keep prices low as they don’t have the overheads of a shop and staff.
“For DVDs, gaming and music, online is the way it is going but it is a shame for those who are going to lose their jobs.”
Paul Fuller of Great Hollands: “It is devastating news and devastating for the economy. I am an ex-retail manager and this makes me want to start a campaign to make people stop buying off Amazon. HMV is an iconic name. I am very sad this store is closing. We need a campaign on Facebook to save the high street. People should pay a few pounds more to taxpaying high street retailers.”