The 24-unit Virgin Entertainment Group (VEG) chain has ended its holdout against the JumpStart program and will begin doing business again with Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), sources

The 24-unit Virgin Entertainment Group (VEG) chain has ended its holdout against the JumpStart program and will begin doing business again with Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), sources say.

When UMVD announced the JumpStart plan last September, many applauded the reduction of frontline pricing to $9.09. However, several retailers criticized the program's execution. In the end, nearly 99% of those buying direct from UMVD signed on with the program. The sole exception of the top 20 accounts was VEG, which started buying from one-stops and removed UMVD product from prime in-store positions.

Relations chilled between the two companies after that, but on Jan. 8 they had a meeting that ultimately led to a normalization of business relations, sources say.

VEG did not return calls; UMVD executives were unavailable for comment.