Market-leading U.K. retailer HMV is to re-open the Covent Garden branch of shuttered record store Fopp in London on Saturday (Oct. 6), after persuading the landlord to reverse its decision over the lease.
The 4,000 sq.ft. store will recommence trading over its three floors, following the re-opening of Fopp stores in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow.
Fopp went into administration in July forcing the closure of its 81 stores and the loss of 700 jobs. However, HMV bought the brand and re-opened six stores last month.
"HMV had also tried to re-open the London Covent Garden store, but the landlords insisted they had other plans for it at the time, and it seemed destined to close," said an HMV statement. "HMV is very pleased, however, that the landlords have now had a change of heart, and that the store is set to re-open at the weekend.
All the re-opened stores will trade under the Fopp banner and feature the same in-store design and display.
The London store will employ 22 members of staff drawn mainly from former employees, who were all given the option to return from Fopp Covent Garden as well as from the former Tottenham Court Road store, which has closed permanently. It will be managed by the former Covent Garden manager, Laurence Cane.