Store is not on closure hitlist

Blockbusters, Bowen Square, Daventry
Blockbusters, Bowen Square, Daventry

BLOCKBUSTER in Daventry is not set to close despite the company going into administration last week.

It was announced on Saturday that 129 stores would close however Daventry is not on the hitlist for immediate closure.

The future of the DVD and game rental store is still uncertain however as administrators Deloitte, now running Blockbusters, said staff should expect more store closures as an inevitable consequence of the company’s restructure.

In the event of closure staff at the Daventry store face redundancy and the town will be left with an empty unit in Bowen Square on top of the 15 ground floor public facing buildings already empty in the town.

Empty units include those on the High street, formally Exit and Daventry Blinds, and those on Sheaf Street, formally Blush, however manager of Daventry Business Partnership Sally Halson said this number is low compared with other parts of the region.

She said: As units become empty we are trying to fill them. Three units are being prepared to be occupied as we speak and in prime locations like Bowen Squar. We are eager to fill the units as quickly as possible.

“A total of 6.7 per cent of the retail units in Daventry are currently empty which is lower than the 11 to 12 per cent regional average.”

Mrs Halson believes shoppers in Daventry can get everything they need without going further afield.

She said: “Daventry is a service centre and people can get everything they need here so they don’t need to go anywhere else. They only really leave the town when they want to browse.

“In comparison to the rest of the region Daventry is doing very well.”