23 January 2013
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Indie retailer could open more stores across UK, says Geoff Travis

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ROUGH Trade could open more stores across the UK in the wake of HMV’s move into administration.

The indie retailer’s founder Geoff Travis told The Independent it would be “great” to open more branches in the future, with Manchester singled out for special mention as a city he’d like to do business in.

“There is a need for something, we feel,” he said. “It would be great to do that in some other UK towns. It would be fantastic to have a store in Manchester and more around the UK.

“It’s possible we could open more, if people want that. But it’s better if people who have local knowledge in their own community do that.”

Rough Trade are well positioned to capitalise on HMV’s recent woes. The high street chain’s debts have just been purchased by Hilco, which means a streamlined business model is more than likely on the way as part of  restructuring deal to keep the company afloat.

But Travis was wary of sounding too optimistic a note, as he said the HMV played a crucial role in selling records for labels, including his own. “There was no celebration from us,” he told the paper.

At the moment, Rough Trade are preparing to launch their first non-London store a little further afield, in New York. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn branch is due to open in six months’ time.

[via Music Week]

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