The chain’s branch closed on the street in 2014, but now HMV is returning and is expected to occupy the old Gap store in the Clarendon Center.
The American clothing chain closed in Cornmarket last month as part of a nationwide shutdown program.
HMV has a new Twitter thread @OxfordHmv and is currently recruiting staff.
HMV tweeted that it wanted staff who were “music and film fanatic and advertise roles for” full-time senior sales contracts and 10-hour sales assistant contracts, with the option of increase the hour “.
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A spokesperson for HMV said: “I can confirm that there will be a store opening in mid-September.”
He added that more details would be revealed shortly. In June 2014, music fans lined up at the HMV Cornmarket to purchase the latest CDs, DVDs and video games at a discount.
HMV survived in a different form following a takeover and a limited number of stores remain in the country.
Doug Putman, CEO of similar Canadian chain Sunrise Records, bought HMV in early 2019. One hundred and eight stores were rescued, including those of the Fopp brand, and Europe’s largest entertainment store, HMV Vault, was inaugurated in Birmingham.
While some Fopp stores were rescued, the Oxford branch in Gloucester Green did not survive.
News of HMV’s return is a boost for Cornmarket which has suffered since the new Westgate opened in 2017. Boswell’s family-owned department store has closed permanently in 2020 and Debenhams in Magdalen Street has also closed.
Oxford also has independent music stores including Riverman Records in Walton Street and Truck Store in Cowley Road.