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Bleak week for Sussex jobs

Scores of jobs are at risk after another high street giant fell victim to the internet and the recession. DVD rental firm Blockbuster collapsed into administration yesterday, leaving the axe hanging over more than 100 jobs at the chain’s stores across Sussex.

The news comes in the wake of the collapse of HMV and Jessops which has put more than 200 jobs in the county at risk.

And it was followed by the fall of independent aggregate firm Dudman which called in administrator Grant Thornton. The firm employs 80 staff at its headquarters in Albion Wharf, Southwick. James Stares, one of the joint administrators, said the move was due to “cash flow pressures and the general economic climate”.

Blockbuster has outlets in Hove, Shoreham, Burgess Hill, Peacehaven, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Horsham, Littlehampton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Chichester, Bognor and Crawley. Administrators at Deloitte said the stores will remain open while a buyer is sought for the business.

An employee at the Blockbuster store in Hove, who did not wish to be named, said staff had not been told their jobs were on the line.

Contacted by The Argus, he said: “This is the first we have heard about it. There are six people employed here but we have not been told. The manager is on holiday.”

Tony Mernagh, the executive director at the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said that without an online presence retailers will not survive.

He said: “As a general rule, retailers without a decent online e-commerce presence are sunk. Sooner or later, they will go under - more likely sooner than later.”

Lee Manning, from Deloitte, said: “In recent years Blockbuster has faced increased competition from internet based providers along with the shift to digital streaming of movies and games. The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.

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5:17pm Thu 17 Jan 13

lorrie1 says...

Saw this coming years ago when i used to work for flickers video.Lewes rd branch first, then the saltdean one, then patrcham and then woodingdean! Whos gonna pay 3quid for a film you can download for nothing??
Saw this coming years ago when i used to work for flickers video.Lewes rd branch first, then the saltdean one, then patrcham and then woodingdean! Whos gonna pay 3quid for a film you can download for nothing?? lorrie1
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8:14pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

The decline of the High Street retailer started about 50 years ago when the proletariat started owning cars. When parking meters were first introduced in Brighton in 1965 my father stated he would never visit Brighton again- and he never did. His attitude was typical of his generation. If you have a car, drive to the out-of-town retail areas. If you are a second-class pedestrian, you shop in town .
Now of course you invest a few hundred quid in a computer, shop on line, and a van driver on minimum wage takes the hassle out of getting the goods to your home.
The decline of the High Street retailer started about 50 years ago when the proletariat started owning cars. When parking meters were first introduced in Brighton in 1965 my father stated he would never visit Brighton again- and he never did. His attitude was typical of his generation. If you have a car, drive to the out-of-town retail areas. If you are a second-class pedestrian, you shop in town . Now of course you invest a few hundred quid in a computer, shop on line, and a van driver on minimum wage takes the hassle out of getting the goods to your home. Sussex jim
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8:57am Fri 18 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

Sussex jim is right - this is not a new problem it started years ago. Not only out of town shopping but supermarkets killed off the butchers and green grocers when they started on the high streets. Ultimately, it is nothing to do with the internet or the recession it is the shoppers deciding what they want.
Sussex jim is right - this is not a new problem it started years ago. Not only out of town shopping but supermarkets killed off the butchers and green grocers when they started on the high streets. Ultimately, it is nothing to do with the internet or the recession it is the shoppers deciding what they want. Morpheus
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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

clubrob6 says...

The highstreet is getting hit hard by the internet,no way can the highstreet compete when foreign firms like AMOZON are not on a level playing field ie they dont pay TAX.Im as guilty as anyone for using these online sites but the news befor xmas that certain of these sites avoid paying tax makes me think twice.Our heavy industry has mainly gone abroad now our shopping is too,we need a government that will clamp down on these tax avoiders.
The highstreet is getting hit hard by the internet,no way can the highstreet compete when foreign firms like AMOZON are not on a level playing field ie they dont pay TAX.Im as guilty as anyone for using these online sites but the news befor xmas that certain of these sites avoid paying tax makes me think twice.Our heavy industry has mainly gone abroad now our shopping is too,we need a government that will clamp down on these tax avoiders. clubrob6
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8:17am Sat 19 Jan 13

Plantpot says...

The internet model is the way forward. If we want a washing machine, for example, we view the models in brick and mortar stores and then buy the cheapest on line and have it delivered. I have no reason to go into Brighton any more, unless it's to visit a specialist retailer, which is rare. Brighton has an identikit town centre, and even the Laines and North Laine have very little of interest once you've been round a couple of times. I can count on the fingers of one hand the purchases I've made there in the last 20+ years.
The internet model is the way forward. If we want a washing machine, for example, we view the models in brick and mortar stores and then buy the cheapest on line and have it delivered. I have no reason to go into Brighton any more, unless it's to visit a specialist retailer, which is rare. Brighton has an identikit town centre, and even the Laines and North Laine have very little of interest once you've been round a couple of times. I can count on the fingers of one hand the purchases I've made there in the last 20+ years. Plantpot
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