Staff at Mansfield’s HMV face uncertain future

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STAFF at Mansfield’s HMV store are facing an uncertain future after the company was plunged into administration this week.

Workers at the store in the Four Seasons shopping centre are at risk of losing their job at the CD, DVD and games chain.

Mansfield is one of 230-plus stores - employing more than 4,000 people - under threat.

Accountancy firm Deloitte were called in as administrators after HMV’s banks and suppliers allegedly refused £300m of additional funding to help pay off its crippling debts.

The announcement comes just days after another high street chain, Jessops, closed all of its 187 stores.

HMV has been hit badly by the surge in digital downloading, as well as intense competition from supermarket chains.

No word has been given as to when or if HMV stores, including Mansfield’s, will close with its future dependent on whether a buyer can be found.

Meanwhile, shoppers with unused gift vouchers from Jessops or HMV may be able to claim the money back if a debit or credit card was used to purchase the vouchers according to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team.

HMV said it was no longer accepting gift vouchers, but people were being urged to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506 or visit its website at www.adviceguide.org.uk

A spokesman added:“It is also worth having a conversation with your bank or credit card company.”