Blockbuster to close 164 more UK stores

People walk past Blockbusters store (file photo 2010) More than half of Blockbuster's 528 UK stores have been earmarked for closure

Related Stories

DVD rental firm Blockbuster is to close a further 164 stores, its administrators Deloitte have announced.

About 800 staff in the affected stores will face redundancy.

The closing stores will remain open for business as usual and customers will be given advance notice of closure so that they can return items beforehand.

Blockbuster UK went into administration last month after struggling against online competitors, and has already said that 160 stores would close.

There were 528 Blockbuster stores when it went into administration; 204 now remain.

Deloitte said it was still trying to find a buyer for the remainder of the business.

"We have continued to review the performance of individual stores since our appointment a month ago and have concluded that further closures are necessary in order to restructure the company for sale," Lee Manning, joint administrator at Deloitte, said.

"We are in discussions with a number of parties interested in purchasing all or parts of the business and will update on progress in due course."

The UK High Street is going through a torrid time with several big names going into administration.

Fashion chain Republic became the latest on Wednesday, appointing accountants from Ernst & Young to take over the running of the firm.

Camera chain Jessops has gone under, music and DVD group HMV has closed 66 stores, while electrical chain Comet closed its doors for the last time before Christmas.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Business stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FutureThe future is now

    Get the latest updates and biggest ideas from BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit

Programmes

  • A virtual girlfriendClick Watch

    Using the latest tech to find friends on a night out and meet a virtual girlfriend

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.