HMV says that despite their "very best efforts", their revival of the U.K. Fopp retail chain will not include a London branch among the six stores re-opening this month.

Stores in Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge and Glasgow Union Street will begin trading again over the weekend, on either Saturday or Sunday. A second Glasgow store, which became the original branch of Fopp when it launched on Byres Road in 1981, will then re-open at the end of the month.

However, HMV is unable to re-launch the branch of Fopp in London's Covent Garden, as the landlord has declined to offer them the lease.

An HMV spokesman, speaking on behalf of Fopp, said, "Every effort has been made to ensure that these stores will re-open with the same customer offer and product mix as before, and that they will be promoted in line with the Fopp style.

"Regrettably, however, and despite our very best efforts, we have not been able to persuade the landlords of the former Fopp site in Earlham Street, Covent Garden, to allow us to take on its lease and to re-open it, as we had hoped. The landlords appear to have very definite plans of their own for the site, which we understand are fashion based. We have no immediate plans to acquire or open any other Fopp sites, but we will, obviously, consider any viable opportunities that are presented in future."

Fopp went into administration at the beginning of July, forcing the closure of its 81 stores and the loss of 700 jobs.

HMV agreed a deal last month to buy the Fopp brand, pledging that it would continue to function independently of HMV in an attempt to preserve the firm's culture and trading identity. The retailer also said it would reach out to former Fopp staff to fill the 70 vacancies in the newly-acquired outlets.