The iconic HMV store on Oxford Street has been replaced by an American Candy store, and Londoners aren’t happy about it. The new storefront bears remnants of the original, with the words “His Masters” still clearly visible above the new store’s slogan.
Sad Londoners took to social media to share fond memories of working or browsing the iconic music store, with many lamenting the choice of American Candy as a replacement. One user said the change was “an annoyance” for the high street.
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Writing on Facebook, Daniele D’Amato said: “It’s so sad. I was a press photographer and photographed so many gigs and signings at this store. We had beers at the pub in the side lane before (and after) shows, while chatting with all the security guys who worked here from their day… It was a community.Being part of HMV, looking back, was pretty special.
“That’s the problem with memories of places. They evoke emotional connections to many different things – the people you met there, the things you acquired there, the experiences you had I almost don’t visit Oxford St. at all anymore. Mainly because I have no reason to, but knowing that this giant is no longer in residence is pretty sad. Hail HMV!”
Sandra Hannah commented: “I used to work for HMV as an accountant. I worked above the store at 150 Oxford Street – then the biggest record store in the world. I loved live PA in the store. Had a great time working there for a while with great people. Good times.
Tom Foster wrote: “Sad to see HMV go. It was a great place to go, get some music and relax. Always great energy in this space. Always listen to CDs with HMV’s price tag affixed . Such a loss.”
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Philip Robinson said: “The absolute state of Oxford Street now is embarrassing. People come from all over the world to this famous shopping street, what the hell must they be thinking when they see all those ridiculous ‘American Candy Stores’ .
“I counted them the other day, 15 between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch. Still empty, and the shelves are stacked to make it look full but there is nothing behind every item in front. The fact that one of them has now taken over the old HMV makes me really sad.”
Pauline Waddell wrote: “Why would they have an American candy store in London. It makes no sense to me. British candy and chocolate is so much better. Maybe it’s there for American tourists. “
My London has contacted American Candy for advice but has not received a response at the time of publication.
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