Blockbuster staff lose jobs just weeks before Christmas

Southend Standard: Blockbuster staff lose jobs just weeks before Christmas Blockbuster staff lose jobs just weeks before Christmas

ABOUT 15 shop staff will be jobless for Christmas after Blockbuster said it is shutting both its south Essex stores.

Rentals of DVDs and games have already stopped at the Stanford-le-Hope branch in St John’s Way.

It will close its doors for the last time tomorrow. The store employs seven people.

Administrators Moorfields Corporate Recovery yesterday released a list of 62 outlets set to close across the country, putting 1,200 jobs at risk.

Despite not being on the list, the Echo can reveal staff at Basildon’s store in Heron Retail Park, Miles Gray Road, have also been told they are out of a job.

Staff at the branch told customers yesterday they will close on Friday, December 13.

It came as the administrators said no buyer had come forward for the business.

Westcliff’s branch in London Road closed within the last week after Block-buster went into administration again. Earlier this year, Blockbuster stores in Ray-leigh and Billericay were shut after the firm went into administration for the first time.

Iain Wicks, development manager at Essex’s Federa-tion of Small Businesses, said: “It’s disappointing there are people losing their jobs immediately before Christ-mas and that’s not going to be a happy time for them. “It’s important that the administrators support them as much as possible.

“It’s a blow for Basildon and Stanford-le-Hope. Block-buster is an anchor store and it doesn’t help confidence in retailers and doesn’t look vibrant when there is a vacant shop.

“There is an opportunity for the council to step in to create a pop-up shop that could encourage new businesses to try out their ideas without taking a risk of a

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2:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

emcee says...

Being the industry it is surely staff must have seen it coming. Competition from the download and streaming services must have started to hit business a long while ago and common sense would have told the people working at Blockbuster that the end was nigh.

It is not good losing your job at any time of year but entering into the job market just before Christmas is the worse time as vacancies at this time of year are fewer than at any other time. Knowing the business was going to go down would have given them a headstart when looking for another job and they could have been job hunting many months ago. Lets hope they did.
Being the industry it is surely staff must have seen it coming. Competition from the download and streaming services must have started to hit business a long while ago and common sense would have told the people working at Blockbuster that the end was nigh. It is not good losing your job at any time of year but entering into the job market just before Christmas is the worse time as vacancies at this time of year are fewer than at any other time. Knowing the business was going to go down would have given them a headstart when looking for another job and they could have been job hunting many months ago. Lets hope they did. emcee

5:21pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

emcee wrote:
Being the industry it is surely staff must have seen it coming. Competition from the download and streaming services must have started to hit business a long while ago and common sense would have told the people working at Blockbuster that the end was nigh.

It is not good losing your job at any time of year but entering into the job market just before Christmas is the worse time as vacancies at this time of year are fewer than at any other time. Knowing the business was going to go down would have given them a headstart when looking for another job and they could have been job hunting many months ago. Lets hope they did.
But then the flip side to this storey, might read, they could have been laid off back in May, when quite a few others closed, but decided to remain, still collecting their incomes, right to the bitter end, and could have used the last 6 months seeking alternative employment.
This closure hasn't come out of the blue, sad yes, but all knew it was coming, some may have adopted the yoga pose, and prayed, to no effect, surprise surprise.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Being the industry it is surely staff must have seen it coming. Competition from the download and streaming services must have started to hit business a long while ago and common sense would have told the people working at Blockbuster that the end was nigh. It is not good losing your job at any time of year but entering into the job market just before Christmas is the worse time as vacancies at this time of year are fewer than at any other time. Knowing the business was going to go down would have given them a headstart when looking for another job and they could have been job hunting many months ago. Lets hope they did.[/p][/quote]But then the flip side to this storey, might read, they could have been laid off back in May, when quite a few others closed, but decided to remain, still collecting their incomes, right to the bitter end, and could have used the last 6 months seeking alternative employment. This closure hasn't come out of the blue, sad yes, but all knew it was coming, some may have adopted the yoga pose, and prayed, to no effect, surprise surprise. Nowthatsworthknowing

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