Supermarket sweep in city

The HMV store in Lancaster
The HMV store in Lancaster

A supermarket chain is set to move into Lancaster’s closed HMV record store.

The new Morrisons Local will be the third “convenience” style supermarket to open in Lancaster city centre in the last two years, with the recent addition of a Tesco in King Street and Sainsburys in Penny Street.

Lynn Ison, centre manager at Marketgate Shopping Centre, said: “We understand that Morrisons Local has acquired a number of properties from HMV and we believe Lancaster is one of them.

“We sympathise with the HMV staff – however we’re delighted that the premises will be trading as opposed to a vacant unit.

“The arrival of Morrisons is maintaining and creating jobs.”

A spokeswoman for Morrisons said the company would not confirm whether Lancaster was going to be one of its new stores, but did announce the purchase of six HMV stores from the company’s administrators, Deloitte.

HMV opened in Marketgate Shopping Centre, fronting onto Market Square, in early 1997, and was blamed by many for the demise of Lancaster’s independent music shops. A Littlewoods store occupied HMV’s prime spot in Market Square before Marketgate opened in 1995.

HMV went into administration on January 15.