Uncertain future for county Blockbuster stores

Wiltshire Times: The Blockbuster store in Trowbridge The Blockbuster store in Trowbridge

DVD rental firm Blockbuster has gone into administration, raising the possibility of job losses across Wiltshire.

The firm has stores in Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham, Warminster and Swindon, which now face an uncertain future.

The company has been taken over by accountancy firm Deloitte, who confirmed it will remain trading while it searches for a buyer.

Lee Manning, from Deloitte's Restructuring Services practice, said: "We are working closely with suppliers and employees to ensure the business has the best possible platform to secure a sale, preserve jobs and generate as much value as possible for all creditors.

"The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.

"During this time gift cards and credit acquired through Blockbuster's trade-in scheme will be honoured towards the purchase of goods."

Local stores include Trowbridge, on Wicker Hill, on Market Place, Melksham, and George Street in Warminster.

The news comes after the Trowbridge and Chippenham Comet stores closed.

High street retailers Jessops and HMV also announced recently they were entering administration.

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