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hmv Oxford Street, London

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HMV Retail Ltd, formerly HMV Group plc, is a British entertainment retailing company operating in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. The first HMV branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921, and the HMV name was also used for television and radio sets manufactured from the 1930s onwards. The retail side of the business began to expand in the 1960s, and in 1998 was divested from EMI, the successor to the Gramophone Company, to form what would become HMV Group. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) prior to administration was Trevor Moore; he replaced Simon Fox on 3 September 2012.

HMV stands for His Master's Voice, the title of a painting by Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph, which was bought by the Gramophone Company in 1899. For advertising purposes this was changed to a wind-up gramophone, and eventually used simply as a silhouette.

Acquisitions by the HMV Group have included Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith[6] (sold in 2011), the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009. The group branched out into live music venue management in 2009 by purchasing MAMA Group, though sold the group in December 2012.

On 15 January 2013, HMV Group entered administration. Deloitte were appointed to deal with the administration of the company. On 16 January 2013, HMV Ireland declared receivership, and all Irish stores were closed. A week later, on 22 January 2013, it was reported that Hilco UK would buy the debt of HMV, a step towards potentially taking control of the company. The sale of HMV's Hong Kong and Singapore business to private equity firm Aid Partners was completed on 28 February 2013. On 5 April 2013, HMV was bought out of administration by Hilco UK for an estimated £50 million.
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  • Busy shop but you can find any kind of music in the world. The prices are good too. Staff are helpful. They often have special events like signings. Watch out for pickpockets.  more »
  • As has been said many a time this is the worlds greatest record store if not the oldest in the U.K and has been historical in having the greatest music group of all time - the Beatles - but saying tha...  more »
  • When in London, I always walk around and check the different records shops. And I always stop by at HMW in Oxford street for having a look at the vinyls, the CDs & the books. And most of the times I w...  more »
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  • This is a big store and is a good place to buy lots of niche gift items. They sell dvds, blu rays, games, mugs, toys and pop vinyl bobble heads! They cater for the super nerd/geek who love TV series about superheroes, game of thrones, walking dead and so on. Good
  • A place where you can spend hours watching old and new discs and vinyl records. You will also find DVD and video games!
  • I love this HMV store. Plenty of dvds especially as this store is large you can literally shop till you drop!
  • A great variety of music, films and AV equipment. Due to the location, it is almost always busy here. Not a great deal of vinyl music, but better than your average HMV.
  • Finally HMV is restored to its original location. Be sure to check out the historic photos on the walls near the escalators. Once a haven for vinyl records, it now is home to CD, DVD and a scant collection of media-related books. It's a reminder of how much fun it is to shop for music and videos in a real store - and find items you might otherwise have not discovered.