Rental stores to shut up doors

Movie rental stores in Ripley and Alfreton are to close on Saturday (December 7) after the company went into administration for the second time.

The Blockbuster chain collapsed in January, after losing business to online firms streaming films over the internet as well as offering rentals through the post.

It was sold to Gordon Brothers Europe in March, with stores in Alfreton and Ripley initially spared from closure, despite more than 250 being shut nationwide.

Gordon Brothers Europe said in a statement that it had “striven to turn around the historically loss-making company by restructuring the business, investing significantly in strategic marketing activities and negotiating with the landlords of its retail outlets.”

However now all of the firm’s remaining 264 stores a re to close before Christmas, with 2,000 jobs to go. A total of 12 jobs will be lost between the Grosvenor Road, Ripley, and King Street, Alfreton, stores. Closing down sales have been running in both, though neither were permitted to talk to the News.