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Zavvi to close another 17 stores

Zavvi store
Administrators for Zavvi still hope to find a buyer

The administrators of music, games and DVD chain Zavvi have said a further 17 stores will be closed, with 242 jobs being lost.

Administrators Ernst & Young said the firm would keep trading at the firm's remaining 31 outlets and it hopes to sell all or part of the business.

The is the fourth round of closures since Zavvi went into administration on Christmas Eve, hitting some 1,000 jobs.

The chain hit difficulties when key supplier Entertainment UK collapsed.

STORE CLOSURES AND JOB LOSSES
Aberdeen, 24
Blackpool, 13
Camberley, 15
Carlisle, 13
Chester, 20
Coventry
Denton, Manchester, 8
Derby, 13
Harlow, 14
Hemel Hempstead, 7
Hereford, 9
Loughborough, 12
Sheffield, Meadowhall Centre, 24
Shrewsbury, 11
Swindon, 13
Walton-on-Thames, 9
York, 15

To date 1,068 Zavvi jobs have been lost in the UK and 72 stores have been closed.

Zavvi was formed after a management buy-out of the Virgin Megastore division of the Virgin Group in September 2007.

The first Virgin Megastore was launched in Oxford Street in 1971.

Entertainment UK (EUK), the main supplier to Zavvi, was part of Woolworths, which went into administration in November.

More than 800 Woolworth stores closed a month ago after struggling with debts of 385m.



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