HMV set to return to Edinburgh’s Princes Street with a new flagship store six years after it closed
Spanning three floors with 8,645 square feet and over 20,000 different products to browse, it will be an ideal new destination for all fans of music, film and pop culture.
HMV Princes Street opens on Friday March 18, with 4,800 different vinyl albums available for purchase.
In addition, the store will offer 5,800 movies and TV shows on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD, 4,500 different CDs, as well as over 2,000 pop culture products, including 450 different T-shirt designs.
The new HMV store will also create 20 new jobs in the Edinburgh area.
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Shoppers in Edinburgh will be able to use the ‘HMV delivers’ service, which allows customers to order any items not in store for delivery straight to their door.
HMV’s expansion comes as vinyl’s popularity continues to grow, with music fans wanting physical albums that preserve the album experience as the artist intended it to be heard.
The new store – the 13th HMV or Fopp store in Scotland – is expected to attract signings and performances from huge international artists and popular local bands.
Paul Clunie, Store Manager, said: “When HMV closed on Princes Street in 2016, many of our shoppers missed out on a shopping experience that only HMV can provide, with the chance to discover new music and new movies and looking for something to complete their collections. .
“We are delighted to be back in the heart of Edinburgh, and look forward to opening our doors next month to welcome our customers with fantastic offers.”
Phil Halliday, Managing Director of HMV, said: “The opening of our new Princes Street store demonstrates the incredible turnaround in HMV business and shows that fans of music, film and pop culture are keener than never to get your hands on a physical product.
“Nothing beats discovering new movies and music by browsing through a store full of expert, knowledgeable staff – that’s something streaming can’t replace.”
He added: HMV has a long history of delivering signings and performances from amazing artists and bands, and we look forward to bringing some amazing fan events to Edinburgh soon.
The HMV store in the Ocean Terminal shopping center in Leith also continues to trade.
The return of the HMV store in Princes Street comes as UK vinyl record sales continue to soar.
Last year, albums by Adele, Abba and Ed Sheeran helped UK vinyl sales top five million for the first time since 1991.
Almost a quarter of albums purchased last year (23%) were on vinyl, with Abba’s Voyage being the best-selling.
This is the 14th consecutive year of growth for the format, with sales up 8% compared to 2020.
CD sales, meanwhile, continued to fall. Just 14 million records were purchased last year, the lowest figure since 1988.