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Final scene for Sleaford Blockbuster store

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

Final scene for Sleaford Blockbuster store
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SLEAFORD's Blockbuster store, one of the few left standing after the firm went into administration, has closed its doors for the last time.

The Southgate branch shut on December 7 in a further swathe of closures, with five jobs being axed.

The store joined more than 60 others marked for closure last week by administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery LLP, with more than 420 jobs lost in total.

Blockbuster initially went into administration in January, with previous store closures announced in October.

Manager of the Sleaford store Dave Drowley, says the new move has come as a blow to customers, as well as staff.

"We are very much a community based store. We get a lot of regular customers that we know very well," he said.

"It becomes a social thing. There is nothing quite like it in this area."

Mr Drowley said staff have been trying to remain positive about finding other work.

"We all hoped that someone would buy us out, the stores themselves are profitable but some aspects of the operation of them weren't profitable," he added.

"We were hoping someone would see that.

"We are resigned to it, I have a fairly mature team here and we are all in the mind set of 'one door closes, another opens'.

"There is no point in moping around. We are not blaming Blockbuster as such, we are just getting on with what we need to do."

He wants to plug the gap left from the closure by starting his own DVD and games business, and hopes the family run venture will be successful enough to eventually consider employing staff in Sleaford.

"I had thought several times about opening my own store but not really done anything about it," he said.

"Now I am in this situation I have thought more about it and made more enquiries.

"Initially it will just be me and my wife and my younger son.

"But if it works, and hopefully it will, then who knows."

However he believes Sleaford town centre needs regenerating before new businesses will move in.

"A lot of people have said the only reason they come into town is to come to us.

"The unfortunate thing about Sleaford as a town it needs regeneration and it needs growth, and it is not happening," Mr Drowley added.

"We can't just exist on charity shops and hairdressers."

The Sleaford Blockbuster store closed on Friday, December 6, however staff carried on working to empty and clean the store over the weekend.

Restructuring firm and administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery LLP made a statement about the closures, adding: "To support employees affected by the store closures, Moorfields are listing job vacancies for a number of leading retailers."

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  • Pete67  |  December 13 2013, 7:53AM

    No Job - What a lovely Christmas present for the workers. Couldn't the closure have been much earlier or after Christmas?

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