Blockbuster to close stores in Hove and Burgess Hill

12:44pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

Three more Sussex stores will shut their doors for good.

Administrators have confirmed that Blockbuster outlets in Hove, Burgess Hill and Chichester are among 164 to be shuttered in the latest round of closures.

Branches in Peacehaven, Hastings and Shoreham have already announced that they are closing down.

Stores in Worthing, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Littlehampton and Crawley remain open for business while a buyer is sought.

Deloitte said there will be a closing down promotions across the stores.

A spokesman for the administrator said: “Staff in the stores affected by the closures will be facing redundancy. A dedicated employee helpline is in place and the company is running an employee assistance programme to help those staff facing redundancy find other jobs.”

Lee Manning, joint administrator, said: “We have continued to review the performance of individual stores since our appointment a month ago and have concluded that further closures are necessary in order to restructure the Company for sale.

"We would like to thank the Company’s employees for their support and professionalism during this difficult time and we are also grateful for the continued support of customers.

"We are in discussions with a number of parties interested in purchasing all or parts of the business and will update on progress in due course.”

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